An ancient galley.
galley definition by Webster's New World
- a long, low, usually single-decked ship propelled by oars and sails, used esp. in ancient and medieval times: the oars were usually manned by chained slaves or convicts
- the kitchen of a ship, boat, or airplane
- a small, compact, or cramped kitchen
- Brit. a large rowboat
- a shallow, oblong tray for holding composed type before it is put into a form
- galley proof
Origin: Middle English galeie ; from Old French galie ; from Midieval Latin galea ; from Medieval Greek galaia, kind of ship ; from Classical Greek galeos, shark ; from galeē, weasel (in reference to its speed)
galley definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. gal·leys
- Nautical a. A large, usually single-decked medieval ship of shallow draft, propelled by sails and oars and used as a merchant ship or warship in the Mediterranean.b. An ancient Mediterranean seagoing vessel propelled by oars.c. A large rowboat formerly used by British customs officers.
- The kitchen of an airliner, ship, or camper.
- Printing a. A long tray, usually of metal, used for holding composed type.b. Galley proof.
Origin: Middle English galei, from Old French galie, from Old Provençal or Catalan galea, from Medieval Greek, probably variant of Greek galeos, shark, perhaps from galeē, weasel.