Model of a typical Mediterranean 16th century galley



  • A long, slender ship propelled primarily by oars, whether having masts and sails or not; usually referring to rowed warships used in the Mediterranean from the 16th century until the modern era.
  • A light, open boat used on the Thames by customhouse officers, press gangs, and also for pleasure.
  • One of the small boats carried by a man-of-war.
  • The cookroom or kitchen and cooking apparatus of a vessel or aircraft; sometimes on merchant vessels called the caboose.
  • An oblong oven or muffle with a battery of retorts; a gallery furnace.
  • An oblong tray of wood or brass, with upright sides, for holding type which has been set, or is to be made up, etc.
  • A proof sheet taken from type while on a galley; a galley proof.
  • A representation of a single masted ship propelled by oars, with three flags and a basket.


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  • From Middle English galeie, from Old French galee, from Latin galea, from Byzantine Greek γαλέα of unknown origin, probably from Ancient Greek γαλέη, a kind of a small fish, from γαλεός. galea.

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