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
Origin of galleonSpanish galeón from Medieval Latin galea: see galley
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