• Spanish galleass. 1588
    Spanish galleass. 1588
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Galleass (Naut) A large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns; esp., such a vessel used by the southern nations of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. See Galleon, and Galley.☞ “The galleasses . . . were a third larger than the ordinary galley, and rowed each by three hundred galley slaves. They consisted of an enormous towering structure at the stern, a castellated structure almost equally massive in front, with seats for the rowers amidships.”
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Venetian galleass. 1571 Venetian galleass. 1571

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n galleass A large galley formerly used in the Mediterranean, carrying generally three masts and perhaps twenty guns, and having castellated structures fore and aft, and seats amidships for the rowers, who were galley-slaves, and numbered sometimes more than three hundred, there being as many as thirty-two oars on a side, each worked by several men.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Galleass gal′e-as (Shak.) a vessel of the same construction as a galley, but larger and heavier
    • Galleass Also Gall′iass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. galéasse, galéace,; cf. It. galeazza, Sp. galeaza,; LL. galea, a galley. See Galley


In literature:

They whipped us well aboard the 'Esmeralda' galleass.
"Black Bartlemy's Treasure" by Jeffrey Farnol
We'll sink her, or we'll take her and send her against her own galleons and galleasses!
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
Two of the galleasses came to her assistance and tried to take her in tow, but the waves were running so high that the cable broke.
"By England's Aid" by G. A. Henty
The galleass had gone on the sands, and as the tide ebbed had fallen over on her side.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
They counted forty-four galleys, sixteen galleasses, and twenty-eight ordinary sail.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
The total fighting force consisted of 202 galleys, six galleasses, and 28,000 infantrymen besides sailors and oarsmen.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
The six galleasses represented a new type, a link between the oared ships of the past and the sailing fleets of the immediate future.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The largest sort, called galleasses, were formerly employed by the Venetians.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
After this time the galleasses would not fight again.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The total tonnage of the ships, less the galleys and galleasses, was 59,120.
"Ancient and Modern Ships." by George C. V. Holmes