galley

noun
gal·​ley | \ ˈga-lē \
plural galleys

Definition of galley

1 : a ship or boat propelled solely or chiefly by oars: such as
a : a long low ship used for war and trading especially in the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the 19th century also : galleass
b : a warship of classical antiquity — compare bireme, trireme
c : a large open boat (such as a gig) formerly used in England
2 : the kitchen and cooking apparatus especially of a ship or airplane
3a : an oblong tray to hold especially a single column of set type
b : a proof of typeset matter especially in a single column before being made into pages

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The galley shows a variety of wild animals (including the posterior of a mountain goat) that are presumably native to the Mount Rushmore State. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 The agreement includes the two 747-800 aircraft and the cost of modifying the commercial planes with the equipment needed to support the president, including external stair, large galleys and a secure communications suite. Washington Post, "Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes," 27 Feb. 2018 The galley kitchen connects the staff quarters to the rest of the house. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 Courtesy of Ursa Minor Vehicles Because Ursa Minor doesn’t do full conversions, the pop-top work doesn’t include a galley kitchen or lower bed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable pop-top transforms your van into a camper for $7K," 5 Dec. 2018 The Summit’s galley is spacious with a deep countertop over dividers for an ice cooler, water tank, and shelves for the camp stove. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018 While many planes have a specific private area above the forward galley designated for crew members to rest, smaller planes don’t have such areas. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "United pilot seen sleeping during flight was following FAA regulations, reports find," 13 Sep. 2018 Additional space savings come from shrinking galleys, removing closets and pushing seats closer together. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "You’re Not Getting Bigger, the Airplane Bathroom Is Getting Smaller," 29 Aug. 2018 Caribbean Club Opened in 1974 as a rum bar, Caribbean Club looks a bit like the inside of a boat; that is, a really small, galley-like boat that would make most modern speakeasies feel as spacious as a theme park. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of galley

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galley

Middle English galeie, galey, borrowed from Anglo-French galee, galeie (continental Old French galee, galie), borrowed (probably in part via Upper Italian dialects) from Middle Greek galéa, after galéa "the shark Galeorhinus galeus," probably re-formation of Greek galeós, a name for the same fish, of uncertain origin

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galley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of galley

: the kitchen of a ship or airplane

: a long, low ship that was moved by oars and sails and that was used in ancient times by the Egyptians, Greeks, and others

galley

noun
gal·​ley | \ ˈga-lē \
plural galleys

Kids Definition of galley

1 : a large low ship of olden times moved by oars and sails
2 : the kitchen especially of a ship or an airplane

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