gal·​li·​ot ˈga-lē-ət How to pronounce galliot (audio)
variants or galiot
: a small swift galley formerly used in the Mediterranean
[borrowed from Dutch galjoot, going back to Middle Dutch galiote, gaillioot, borrowed from Middle French galiote, feminine derivative of galiot] : a long narrow shallow-draft Dutch merchant sailing ship

Word History


Middle English galiot "small galley," borrowed from Anglo-French, from galie, galee galley + -ot, diminutive suffix (probably on the model of Italian galeotta)

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of galliot was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Galliot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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