1. A clog or patten. "Nor were worthy [to] unbuckle his galoche." (Chaucer)

2. Hence: An overshoe worn in wet weather.

3. A gaiter, or legging, covering the upper part of the shoe and part of the leg.

Origin: OE. Galoche, galache, galage, shoe, F. Galoche galoche, perh. Altered fr. L. Gallica a Gallic shoe, or fr. LL. Calopedia wooden shoe, or shoe with a wooden sole, Gr, dim. Of, a shoemaker's last; wood + foot.

(01 Mar 1998)