- 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 of galleyMiddle English galeie ; from Old French galie ; from Medieval Latin galea ; from Medieval Greek galaia, kind of ship ; from Classical Greek galeos, shark ; from galeē, weasel (in reference to its speed)
- 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.
- a. A long, usually metal tray, used for assembling lines of printers' type in composing proofs and pages.b. A proof made with printer's type before page composition to allow for the detection and correction of errors.
Origin of galleyMiddle 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.
- (nautical) 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.
- (UK) 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.