galley NOUN (pl. galleys) 1) historical a low, flat ship with one or more sails and up to three banks of oars, often manned by slaves or criminals. 2) a narrow kitchen in a ship or aircraft. 3) (also galley proof) a printer's proof in the form of long single-column strips.
ORIGIN Greek galaia; sense 3 is from French galée denoting an oblong tray for holding set-up type.

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