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galley

[ gal-ee ]
/ ˈgæl i /
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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 centimeters), for type composition.
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Origin of galley

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

OTHER WORDS FROM galley

gal·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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