noun, plural galleys.
a kitchen or an area with kitchen facilities in a ship, plane, or camper.
a seagoing vessel propelled mainly by oars, used in ancient and medieval times, sometimes with the aid of sails.
a long rowboat, as one used as a ship's boat by a warship or one used for dragging a seine.
(formerly, in the U.S. Navy) a shoal-draft vessel, variously rigged, relying mainly on its sails but able to be rowed by sweeps.
a long, narrow tray, usually of metal, for holding type that has been set.
a rough unit of measurement, about 22 inches (56 cm), for type composition.

1250–1300; Middle English galei(e) < Old French galee, galie, perhaps < Old Provençal galea < Late Greek galéa, galaía

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galley (ˈɡælɪ)
1.  any of various kinds of ship propelled by oars or sails used in ancient or medieval times as a warship or as a trader
2.  the kitchen of a ship, boat, or aircraft
3.  any of various long rowing boats
4.  printing
 a.  (in hot-metal composition) a tray open at one end for holding composed type
 b.  short for galley proof
[C13: from Old French galie, from Medieval Latin galea, from Greek galaia, of unknown origin; the sense development apparently is due to the association of a galley or slave ship with a ship's kitchen and hence with a hot furnace, trough, printer's tray, etc]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. galie, from M.L. galea, from Late Gk. galea, of unknown origin. The word has made its way into most Western European languages. Originally "low flat-built seagoing vessel of one deck," once common in the Mediterranean; meaning "cooking range on a ship" dates from 1750. The printing
sense is from 1652, from Fr. galée in the same sense, in reference to the shape of the oblong tray that holds the type. As a short form of galley-proof it is attested from 1890. To knock something or someone galleywest is Amer.Eng. slang (1875, originally in Mark Twain), a corruption of western England dialectal collyweston, name of a village in Northamptonshire that somehow came to signify "askew, not right."
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Example sentences
Anyone who stands in the galley experiences immediate vertigo from the ship's constant lurching.
The ship groaned and buckled, and as it sank the icy seawater thundered through the galley.
Open galley kitchen, granite counter tops and new appliances.
The galley kitchen has tiled walls and open shelving, and a boxy range hood set over the gas stove.
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