Definition of galleon in English:
A sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade. Galleons were mainly square-rigged and usually had three or more decks and masts.
- If diving for wrecks turns you on, Bermuda is a veritable treasure trove of maritime disaster, with a wreck collection including 16th century Spanish galleons, warships and a luxury transatlantic liner.
- By mid-century, Spanish galleons loaded with treasure sailed annually for Europe, becoming prey to pirates, many of them English, based in the Bahamas.
- Spanish and Portuguese colonies stretched across south, central, and southern North America while Spain's galleons crossed the Pacific to the Philippines.
Definition of galleon in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia