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[gal-ee-as] /ˈgæl iˌæs/
noun, Nautical.
a fighting galley, lateen-rigged on three masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Origin of galleass
1535-45; < Old French galleasse, galiace < Old Italian galeaza (Venice), augmentative of galea galley Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for galleass
Historical Examples
  • The galleass was the most splendid vessel of her kind afloat, Don Hugo one of the greatest of Spanish grandees.

  • The galleass was patched up, and De Leyva ventured an attempt to make his way in her to Scotland.

  • The galleass had gone on the sands, and as the tide ebbed had fallen over on her side.

  • The galleass represented in Fig. 46 had a circular forecastle in which were mounted several guns, to be used in end-on attack.

    Ancient and Modern Ships. George C. V. Holmes
  • Compared to the low, crowded galley, the galleass was a roomy and much more seaworthy ship.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • The galleass's guns were high above the water, and the galleys dreaded their plunging fire.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
British Dictionary definitions for galleass


(nautical) a three-masted lateen-rigged galley used as a warship in the Mediterranean from the 15th to the 18th centuries
Word Origin
C16: from French galleasse, from Italian galeazza, from galeagalley
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