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[gal-ee-uh n, gal-yuh n] /ˈgæl i ən, ˈgæl yən/
a large sailing vessel of the 15th to the 17th centuries used as a fighting or merchant ship, square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and generally lateen-rigged on one or two after masts.
Origin of galleon
1520-30; < Spanish galeón, augmentative of galea galley Unabridged
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  • Who will pray for your soul, I wonder, when that galleon comes to lie board and board with you?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • If he could dispose of them the galleon would be at his mercy.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The frigate and galleon came together with a terrific crash.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • On his head was a scarlet cap with a gold band, even as the man in the galleon had said.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • The St. Philip came to the like end; so did the galleon of Biscay, and divers others.

British Dictionary definitions for galleon


(nautical) a large sailing ship having three or more masts, lateen-rigged on the after masts and square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast, used as a warship or trader from the 15th to the 18th centuries
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish galeón, from French galion, from Old French galiegalley
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Word Origin and History for galleon

large ship, 1520s, from Old French galion "little ship" (13c.), from Spanish galeón "galleon, armed merchant ship," from Byzantine Greek galea "galley" (see galley) + augmentative suffix -on. In English use, especially of Spanish ships involved in the American trade.

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