- a fighting galley, lateen-rigged on three masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Origin of galleass
1535–45; < Old French galleasse, galiace < Old Italian galeaza (Venice), augmentative of galea galley
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The galleass had gone on the sands, and as the tide ebbed had fallen over on her side.
The galleass was the most splendid vessel of her kind afloat, Don Hugo one of the greatest of Spanish grandees.
The galleass was patched up, and De Leyva ventured an attempt to make his way in her to Scotland.
The galleass represented in Fig. 46 had a circular forecastle in which were mounted several guns, to be used in end-on attack.Ancient and Modern Ships.
George C. V. Holmes
Compared to the low, crowded galley, the galleass was a roomy and much more seaworthy ship.Famous Sea Fights
John Richard Hale
- nautical a three-masted lateen-rigged galley used as a warship in the Mediterranean from the 15th to the 18th centuries
C16: from French galleasse, from Italian galeazza, from galea galley
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