Entry from British & World English dictionary
A large type of galley, chiefly used during the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Several galliasses, sent by the Spanish admiral to the rescue of the galleon, were nearly taken.
- Raleigh sat on a rock in the ocean-stream, and smoked; and all the world hired galliasses, and came to see.
- One of the four great galliasses is already riddled with shot, to the great disarrangement of her ‘pulpits, chapels,’ and friars therein assistant.
Mid 16th century: from Old French galleasse, from Italian galeaza 'large galley', from galea (see galley).
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