from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A light, swift galley formerly used in the Mediterranean.
  • n. Nautical A light, single-masted, flatbottom Dutch merchant ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of galliot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small galley, formerly used in the Mediterranean, built mainly for speed. It was moved both by sails and oars, having one mast, and sixteen or twenty seats for rowers.
  • n. A strong, light-draft, Dutch merchant vessel, carrying a mainmast and a mizzenmast, and a large gaff mainsail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small galley or a sort of brigantine formerly in use, built for pursuit, and propelled by both sails and oars, having one mast and sixteen or twenty seats for rowers.
  • n. An old Dutch or Flemish vessel for cargoes, with very much rounded ribs and a flattish bottom, a mizzenmast placed near the stern carrying a square mainsail and maintopsail, and a forestay to the mainmast (there being no foremast), with forestaysail and jibs.
  • n. A bomb-ketch.


Middle English, from Old French, from galee, galie; see galley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • And when they be nigh him with the cross, then he doth adown his galiot that sits on his head in manner of a chaplet, that is made of gold and precious stones and great pearls, and it is so rich, that men prize it to the value of

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Philipina_, and a galiot was built and despatched to the group (it is doubtful which), named by this expedition the _Philippine Islands_ in honour of Philip, Prince of Asturias, the son of King Charles I., heir apparent to the throne of Castile, to which he ascended in 1555 under the title of Philip┬áII. on the abdication of his father.

    The Philippine Islands

  • There came a small English ship in from sea, when an English galiot, lying close in shore, weighed anchor and set sail in order to speak to her.

    Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680

  • Here, in the wreck of an old galiot, he hid every article dry and secure; kegs of liquors and wine, shawls and blankets, pieces of silk, gunpowder, beautiful pipes, bars of silver and copper, and a whole bag of gold.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

  • Before his gilded galiot ran naked vine-wreathed corybants,

    Ballad of Reading Gaol

  • It was certain that eleven hundred guilders would cover the whole expense of putting the galiot in perfect repair, and the balance of this sum was handed to the skipper.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim

  • The boatswain and carpenter, assisted by the boys, rigged a jury-mast out of the foremast of the galiot, which had been saved for the purpose.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim

  • Nothing was said to the skipper of the galiot about this proposition; and Mr. Lowington having warmly commended the students for their generous sympathy with the unfortunate man, the crew were dismissed.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim

  • About four o'clock, on the morning of Sunday, a light breeze from the westward sprang up, and the order was given by signal for the galiot to make sail, and to follow the Josephine.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim

  • Just before the squadron weighed anchor, Mr. Fluxion went on board of the galiot, and informed the skipper that all the expenses of the repairs of his vessel would be paid by the students of the institution.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim


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