galley

A galley is a long ship propelled by oars, and possibly sails as well. You're not likely to see a galley these days: they were used from ancient to medieval times.

You may have seen movies portraying old ships with dozens of rowers, lined up on benches. Those ships are galleys. Galleys were used for more than a thousand years, and they played an important role in both war and trade. If someone today says they’ve been in a galley, you can assume they aren’t referring to this kind of ship. They probably mean the galley, or the kitchen area, of a ship or airplane.

Definitions of galley
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n a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading

Type of:
vessel, watercraft
a craft designed for water transportation

n (classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars

Types:
trireme
ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side
Type of:
vessel, watercraft
a craft designed for water transportation

n the kitchen area for food preparation on an airliner

Type of:
kitchen
a room equipped for preparing meals

n the area for food preparation on a ship

Synonyms:
caboose, cookhouse, ship's galley
Types:
cuddy
the galley or pantry of a small ship
Type of:
kitchen
a room equipped for preparing meals

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