[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for galleon

/ (ˈɡælɪən) /


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 for galleon

C16: from Spanish galeón, from French galion, from Old French galie galley
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