Definition of galley
1 : a ship or boat propelled solely or chiefly by oars: such asa : a long low ship used for war and trading especially in the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; also : galleassb : a warship of classical antiquity — compare bireme, triremec : 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 typeb : a proof of typeset matter especially in a single column before being made into pages
Recent Examples of galley from the Web
Marianne Leahy, of Bolingbrook, said the galley kitchen is too small and outdated.
The friggitorie, just as ancient, are tiny white-tiled galleys where cauldrons of oil bubble over charcoal.
Sein then moved into the airplane's galley, opened an emergency door and jumped out onto the tarmac.
The man then made his way to the galley, pried open the door and jumped.
Sein, however, tried to bite the attendant’s hand, then made his way to the galley.
Prewar apartments are to be found, especially south of Queens Boulevard, where one-bedroom rents average $1,800 a month, said Mr. Hatch, who currently has a two-bedroom with a galley kitchen in a walk-up on 49th Street for $2,200 a month.
Three separate rooms (a galley kitchen with old-fashioned fittings, a seedy hotel room, a six-year-old girl’s suburban bedroom) have been built on the second floor.
The mod, angular design of the Krups FBC5 will look right at home in any starship galley.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
GALLEY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of galley for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of galley for Students
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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