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From French galiote, from Italian galeotta, diminutive of galea; see also galley, jolly boat.[1]


galliot (plural galliots)

  1. (nautical) A light galley.
    • 1815, State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States: 1797, page 511,
      Having seen the minutes of the proceedings on the capture of the galliot the Betsy of Washington, North Carolina, captain Reynold Brown, taken the 5th of this month by the French privateer le Poisson Volant (Flying Fish) captain Thomas de Haunot— [] .
    • 1984, Kenneth Meyer Setton, The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571[1], page 1059:
      The Holy See received 19 galleys and two galliots, Spain was given 58 galleys and six galliots, while the Venetian share was 39 galleys and four galliots.
    • 2007, James C. Boyajian, Portuguese Trade in Asia Under the Habsburgs, 1580–1640[2], page 159:
      The galliots averaged about three hundred tons, and their cargo of Japanese silver must have equaled that carried by the Santa Catarina—that is, in excess of 1 million cruzados' worth.



  1. ^ "galliot, galiot", entry in 1967, Ernest Weekley, An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, page 618.