galley

[ gal-ee ]
/ ˈgæl i /

noun, plural gal·leys.

a kitchen or an area with kitchen facilities in a ship, plane, or camper.
Nautical.
  1. a seagoing vessel propelled mainly by oars, used in ancient and medieval times, sometimes with the aid of sails.
  2. a long rowboat, as one used as a ship's boat by a warship or one used for dragging a seine.
  3. (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) a shoal-draft vessel, variously rigged, relying mainly on its sails but able to be rowed by sweeps.
Printing.
  1. a long, narrow tray, usually of metal, for holding type that has been set.
  2. galley proof.
  3. a rough unit of measurement, about 22 inches (56 cm), for type composition.

Nearby words

  1. gallery tray,
  2. gallery wire,
  3. gallerygoer,
  4. galleryite,
  5. gallet,
  6. galley proof,
  7. galley slave,
  8. galley-west,
  9. galleywest,
  10. gallfly

Origin of galley

1250–1300; Middle English galei(e) < Old French galee, galie, perhaps < Old Provençal galea < Late Greek galéa, galaía

Related formsgal·ley·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for galley

galley

/ (ˈɡælɪ) /

noun

any of various kinds of ship propelled by oars or sails used in ancient or medieval times as a warship or as a trader
the kitchen of a ship, boat, or aircraft
any of various long rowing boats
printing
  1. (in hot-metal composition) a tray open at one end for holding composed type
  2. short for galley proof

Word Origin for galley

C13: from Old French galie, from Medieval Latin galea, from Greek galaia, of unknown origin; the sense development apparently is due to the association of a galley or slave ship with a ship's kitchen and hence with a hot furnace, trough, printer's tray, etc

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Word Origin and History for galley

galley

n.

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.

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