gal·​li·​ot | \ ˈga-lē-ət How to pronounce galliot (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of galliot

1 : a small swift galley formerly used in the Mediterranean
2 [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

First Known Use of galliot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galliot

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about galliot

Time Traveler for galliot

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for galliot

Cite this Entry

“Galliot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

Comments on galliot

What made you want to look up galliot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to assail by words or arguments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!