Origin of galleonSpanish galeón from Medieval Latin galea: see galley
a large sailing ship with three or four masts and a high forecastle and stern, developed in the 15th and 16th cent., and used as both a warship and a trader
A large three-masted sailing ship with a square rig and usually two or more decks, used from the 16th to the 18th century especially by Spain as a merchant ship or warship.
Origin of galleonSpanish galeon from Old Spanish augmentative of galea galley from Old French galie ; see galley .
From Old French galion
- The other popular style is the galleon coat associated with pirates.
- The result was that the command of the Acapulco galleon was rarely worth less than $50,000.
- The prizemoney earned by the capture of the galleon had made him a rich man for life, and under the influence of irritation caused by the refusal of the admiralty to confirm a captain's commission he had given to one of his officers, Anson refused the rank of rearadmiral, and was prepared to leave the service.
- In 1685-86 the Pacific coast was ravaged by Dampier and Swan, and in 1709 Woodes Rogers, with Dampier as pilot, captured the Manila treasure galleon, a feat repeated by Anson in 1743.