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noun Nautical.
  1. a fighting galley, lateen-rigged on three masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
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Origin of galleass

1535–45; < Old French galleasse, galiace < Old Italian galeaza (Venice), augmentative of galea galley
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Related Words for galleass

tender, dinghy, rowboat, galleon, trireme, bireme, galiot, galleass

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Historical Examples of galleass

  • The galleass had gone on the sands, and as the tide ebbed had fallen over on her side.

    English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century

    James Anthony Froude

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for galleass



  1. nautical a three-masted lateen-rigged galley used as a warship in the Mediterranean from the 15th to the 18th centuries
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Word Origin for galleass

C16: from French galleasse, from Italian galeazza, from galea galley
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