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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: galie, from Medieval Greek galea


gal‧ley [countable]
1TTW a kitchen on a ship:
The fire extinguishers are stored in the galley.
2SHTTW a long low Greek or Roman ship with sails which was rowed by slaves in the past
3 technical
a) TCN a tray used in the process of printing books etc which holds type
b) also galley proofTCN a sheet of paper on which a new book is printed, so that mistakes can be put right before it is divided into pages

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