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galleon

[gal-ee-uh n, gal-yuh n] /ˈgæl i ən, ˈgæl yən/
noun
1.
a large sailing vessel of the 15th to the 17th centuries used as a fighting or merchant ship, square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and generally lateen-rigged on one or two after masts.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Spanish galeón, augmentative of galea galley
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British Dictionary definitions for galleon

galleon

/ˈɡælɪən/
noun
1.
(nautical) a large sailing ship having three or more masts, lateen-rigged on the after masts and square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast, used as a warship or trader from the 15th to the 18th centuries
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish galeón, from French galion, from Old French galiegalley
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Word Origin and History for galleon
n.

large ship, 1520s, from Old French galion "little ship" (13c.), from Spanish galeón "galleon, armed merchant ship," from Byzantine Greek galea "galley" (see galley) + augmentative suffix -on. In English use, especially of Spanish ships involved in the American trade.

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Encyclopedia Article for galleon

full-rigged sailing ship that was built primarily for war, and which developed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The name derived from "galley," which had come to be synonymous with "war vessel" and whose characteristic beaked prow the new ship retained. A high, square forecastle rose behind the bow, the three or four masts carried both square and fore-and-aft sails, and one or two tiers of guns were carried broadside. The largest galleons were built by the Spanish and the Portuguese for their profitable overseas trade; the famed "Manila galleons" of Spain made an annual trip between Acapulco, Mex., and the Philippines, carrying silver west and raw silk east, for more than 250 years.

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