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.
Origin of galley
Related Words for galleytender, dinghy, rowboat, galleon, trireme, scullery, caboose, bireme, galiot, galleass
Examples from the Web for galley
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 24, 2014
Unable to change the diaper in the bathroom, I stepped out into the galley, and scanned the area for a flat surface.The National-Security Diaper Scramble
April 25, 2013
Our anti-Sully is a guy who flies on the heels of a coke binge and pours his own cocktails in the galley.Real Pilots Laugh at ‘Flight’
November 18, 2012
A key clue to this was, he said, from shelves in the galley that were compressed from the bottom up.How Flight 447 Fell Intact From the Sky
July 2, 2009
Historical Examples of galley
Go to Argus, the shipbuilder, and bid him build a galley with fifty oars.
All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.
So he ran to the galley as fast as his legs would carry him.
The captain had ordered Cooper to boil some pitch at the galley.
It knocked off raining, but we shifted ourselves at the galley fire below.
- (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.