noun, plural gal·leys.
- a seagoing vessel propelled mainly by oars, used in ancient and medieval times, sometimes with the aid of sails.
- a long rowboat, as one used as a ship's boat by a warship or one used for dragging a seine.
- (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) a shoal-draft vessel, variously rigged, relying mainly on its sails but able to be rowed by sweeps.
- a long, narrow tray, usually of metal, for holding type that has been set.
- galley proof.
- a rough unit of measurement, about 22 inches (56 cm), for type composition.
- gallery tray,
- gallery wire,
- galley proof,
- galley slave,
Origin of galley
Examples from the Web for galley
I sent his publicist a galley of the book after it was finished.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters|Scott Porch|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unable to change the diaper in the bathroom, I stepped out into the galley, and scanned the area for a flat surface.
Our anti-Sully is a guy who flies on the heels of a coke binge and pours his own cocktails in the galley.
A key clue to this was, he said, from shelves in the galley that were compressed from the bottom up.
Diomedon himself was at the rudder and managed his galley with remarkable skill.Callias|Alfred John Church
In a minute she is snug in her stall "for'ard," just by the cook's galley.A Boy's Voyage Round the World|The Son of Samuel Smiles
The Goat Man fired, but splintered the corner of the galley.A Son Of The Sun|Jack London
"And I feel like a slave tied to a galley oar," said he, quickly.Macleod of Dare|William Black
The galley was now very nearly finished, and many hours I spent in it practising cooking.Through the South Seas with Jack London|Martin Johnson
- (in hot-metal composition) a tray open at one end for holding composed type
- short for galley proof
Word Origin for galley
c.1300, from Old French galie, from Medieval Latin galea or Catalan galea, from Late Greek galea, of unknown origin. The word has made its way into most Western European languages. Originally "low, flat-built seagoing vessel of one deck," once common in the Mediterranean; meaning "cooking range on a ship" dates from 1750. The printing sense is from 1650s, from French galée in the same sense, in reference to the shape of the oblong tray that holds the type. As a short form of galley-proof it is attested from 1890.