Meaning of “galleon” in the English Dictionary


"galleon" in English

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galleonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡæl.i.ən/ us /ˈɡæl.i.ən/

Examples from literature

  • In the red light cast by her destroyer the galleon began to sink, and that so rapidly that her seamen threw themselves overboard. 
  • New-modelled for superiority of sailing, the English ships had the same advantage over the galleons as the steam cruisers would have over the old three-deckers. 
  • The flagship held out longer, but the soldiers did not wait for the Dutch to board, for some of them escaped from the galleon by swimming. 
  • Then the direction of the wind forced the Spanish galleons northward, where most of them were destroyed by storms. 
  • Whereupon the fishermen, suspecting nothing, pointed to them a galleon of great size riding at anchor not half a league distant. 

(Definition of “galleon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)