Definition of galley in US English:

galley

noun

  • 1historical A low, flat ship with one or more sails and up to three banks of oars, chiefly used for warfare, trade, and piracy.

    • ‘Since the 8th century Arabs ‘sailed their galleys along the costs of Arabia and India, and arrived in Italy with luxury goods unknown in Europe’.’
    • ‘It's the beat generation, it's be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like all time low-down, and like in ancient civilisations, the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat.’
    • ‘The primary warships during this period progressed gradually from oared galleys to sailing vessels.’
    • ‘The ship was a fast galley powered by three banks of rowers pulling up to 200 oars.’
    • ‘The Turkish galleys were rowed by slaves: some of the Christian ships were rowed by volunteers.’
    1. 1.1 A long rowboat used as a ship's boat.
      • ‘Goods were winched down into their holds and when their lading was complete, tow galleys moved the ships into the harbor where they apparently set sail for whatever port they were bound for.’
      • ‘I had scarcely finished saying this when I saw white birds sweep down upon the enemy, and one of the galleys overturned, and all on board were drowned.’
      • ‘Who invented the myth that the Anglo-Saxons could not sail and that the great Sutton Hoo ship was a mere rowing galley?’
      • ‘Unlike the fictional Robinson Crusoe, Selkirk had, at least initially, chosen his desert island over his privateer galley.’
      • ‘Many of these vessels arrived with loss of bulwarks, boats, and galleys, and in all cases with a greater proportion of sickness and deaths than those not exposed to the fury of the gale.’
      • ‘As he was preparing to sail back to his home using a stolen Amazon galley, he realized that he owed my mother greatly for her protection.’
      • ‘Finally captured, the unknown galley's captain is about to be hung.’
      • ‘The English fight bravely and sink the three but one English galley sinks below the waves and the reaming ship, damaged as she is, continues on her mission north.’
      • ‘The islands and sheltered bays provided ideal hiding places for the pirate galleys that plundered passing ships.’
      • ‘He shined his headlamps into the darkness and recognized the ship's galley.’
  • 2The kitchen in a ship or aircraft.

    • ‘Each plane's cabin had a large galley opposite the boarding door where Hawaiian buffets were offered.’
    • ‘Aft of the galley is a head with an integral shower with sump to discharge shower water overboard.’
    • ‘To starboard there is a good-sized galley and adequate navigation station.’
    • ‘The head is to starboard opposite the galley and there is a large owner's stateroom to starboard aft.’
    • ‘The galley is aft with an alcohol stove to port, and sink and ice box to starboard.’
    • ‘There are a navigation station and a quarter berth aft along the port side, and galley aft on the starboard side.’
    • ‘The galley is aft to port and there is a starboard side navigation station and starboard quarter berth cabin with double berth.’
    • ‘The galley was located at the aft end of the cabin and was divided by a passageway which led to the lavatory section.’
    • ‘Since it was a long-range aircraft, an efficient galley had to be designed and installed and this was placed behind the navigator's station and in front of the passenger compartment.’
    • ‘Amidships along the starboard side was the galley with double sink, refrigerator/freezer and electric stove and oven.’
    • ‘The galley sometimes extends along the port side of the cabin to the forward bulkhead while other models have a shorter galley and a mate's berth at the forward end of the cabin.’
    • ‘At the aft end of the cabin there is a port galley and starboard head.’
    • ‘Aft there is a U-shaped galley opposed by a navigation table and quarter berth.’
    • ‘A kitchen galley looks down on diners, perhaps the chefs use their lofty position to gather some firsthand feedback on the food.’
    • ‘Forward, the galley is to starboard and head and shower to port.’
    • ‘Even getting food from the galley to the forecastle (at the front of the ship) was a tremendous job.’
    • ‘Further aft the main saloon has an L-shaped dinette to port and settee to starboard followed by a good-sized galley to port and navigation station to starboard.’
    • ‘To starboard is a large galley with plenty of storage and counter space.’
    • ‘Further aft is a galley with stove, ice-box and deep sink to port, and a dual function dinette/navigation station to starboard.’
    • ‘The main saloon features a port side dinette and, on the three-cabin model, there is a starboard galley in the main saloon.’
    cooking area, kitchenette, kitchen-diner, cookhouse, bakehouse, scullery
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  • 3A printer's proof in the form of long single-column strips, not in sheets or pages.

    • ‘Again, the most critical error occurs when publishers do not show the consultant the final galley proof.’
    • ‘Dr. Brussee had checked the galley proofs and the error was not present at that time.’
    • ‘With cold type, the galley proof is the first proof, usually a photocopy.’
    • ‘There were the galley proofs, lying in a neat pile, with a letter of congratulations from his editor at Routledge on top.’
    • ‘We can only assume that this occurred during the printing process and missed our attention on the galley proofs.’
    • ‘But it's not enough just to analyse the manuscript, because he often made changes on the galley proofs.…’
    • ‘The majority of the collection is composed of correspondence by the contributing poets to Williams, and both corrected and uncorrected galley proofs of poems.’
    • ‘Detailed information on these charges will accompany the galley proofs sent to you prior to publication.’
    • ‘So she wrote in longhand, and then picked over the copy in galley proofs, correcting and changing to the last minute.’
    • ‘When an assistant helping him prepare the galley proofs for publication noticed this phrase, without any explanatory text, he asked Heidegger to remove it.’
    • ‘Hardcover and paperback, spotless and battered, beautiful books and cheaply printed books, crude paper-bound galleys with pages scribbled in mysterious annotations.’
    • ‘Series 9 contains drafts, notes, galley proofs and other written material relating to articles, books and reviews written by Goldberg.’
    • ‘The paragraph in question had been in his article through galley proofs, which Sheldrake had seen and approved, but was somehow accidentally omitted in the layout process.’
    • ‘Editing was done in pencil, hard copy was supplied to a typesetter, and galleys arrived containing many errors that were incurred during hand typesetting.’
    • ‘Some manuscripts include rough and final drafts, and galley and page proofs.’
    • ‘Authors can complete all steps in the life cycle of their manuscript - from submission, to revision, to viewing galley proofs - all from their Paragon System home page.’
    • ‘You would receive a galley proof from your publisher and make comments about mistakes or changes to be made.’
    • ‘We'd write our marks on raw copy (type written on a page) until the pages were almost illegible, and then send it to be turned into a galley proof (one long line of printed up, typed up copy).’
    • ‘As a child, I remember him working on all the galley proofs for Chambers School Dictionary.’
    • ‘And it will happen in this, because stories look different at every stage along the way, from the manuscript to a galley to a page proof to the printed magazine.’
    page proof, galley proof, pull, slip, trial print
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin galea, from medieval Greek galaia, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

galley

/ˈɡalē//ˈɡæli/