from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A large, fast, heavily armed three-masted Mediterranean galley of the 16th and 17th centuries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of rowable vessel of the 16th and 17th centuries, similar to a galley but larger, and normally equipped with sails.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns; esp., such a vessel used by the southern nations of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. See galleon, and galley.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large galley formerly used in the Mediterranean, carrying generally three masts and perhaps twenty guns, and having castellated structures fore and aft, and seats amidships for the rowers, who were galley-slaves, and numbered sometimes more than three hundred, there being as many as thirty-two oars on a side, each worked by several men.
French galeasse, from Old French, from Old Italian galeaza, augmentative of galea, galley, from Old Provençal or Catalan; see galley.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)