From Middle English galeie, from Old French galee, from Latin galea, from Byzantine Greek γαλέα (galéa) of unknown origin, probably from Ancient Greek γαλέη (galéē), a kind of a small fish, from γαλεός (galeós, “dog-fish or small shark”). Doublet of galea.
galley (plural galleys)
- (nautical, historical) 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.
- (Britain) A light, open boat used on the Thames by customhouse officers, press gangs, and also for pleasure.
- (nautical) One of the small boats carried by a man-of-war.
- (nautical) 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.
- (printing) An oblong tray of wood or brass, with upright sides, for holding type which has been set, or is to be made up, etc.
- (printing) A proof sheet taken from type while on a galley; a galley proof.
- (heraldry) A representation of a single masted ship propelled by oars, with three flags and a basket.
- (heraldry) lymphad