One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chapel or porch at the entrance to some English churches.
- ‘An exceptionally long nave was constructed, which ended with a massive west-work completed in the early C13; the west porch or galilee was remodelled soon afterwards.’
Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin galilea ‘Galilee’. Compare with gallery.
A northern region of ancient Palestine, west of the Jordan River, associated with the ministry of Jesus. It is now part of Israel.
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