Definition of galliot in English:

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galliot

Pronunciation: /ˈɡalɪət/
(also galiot)

noun

historical
1A single-masted Dutch cargo boat or fishing vessel.
Example sentences
  • These small galliots 15 to 20 m in length served largely for transporting merchandise along the coast.
  • Down-stream slowly drifted a long string of galiots piled with crimson cheeses.
  • This continued its course west, directly parallel to the island, and in it, at a distance of half a mile from us, three galliots lay at anchor.
1.1A small, fast galley used in the Mediterranean.
Example sentences
  • As news of the siege filtered through to the Portuguese administration in Goa late in 1696, a fleet consisting of two frigates and two galliots was sent to the relief of Fort Jesus.
  • The Turks numbered some 274 galleys and galliots with altogether 88,000 men.
  • September 1759: A small Prussian flotilla of four galiots, four galleys, and four barques is totally destroyed by a larger Swedish fleet.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French galiote or Dutch galjoot, from a diminutive of medieval Latin galea 'galley'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: gal|liot

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