Galleon definition

gălē-ən, gălyən
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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.
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A large three-masted sailing ship with a square rig and usually two or more decks, used from the 15th to the 17th century especially by Spain as a merchant ship or warship.
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(nautical) A large, three masted, square rigged sailing ship with at least two decks.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
galleon
Plural:
galleons

Origin of galleon

  • Spanish galeon from Old Spanish augmentative of galea galley from Old French galie galley

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French galion

    From Wiktionary