From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Galilee \Gal"i*lee\, n. [Supposed to have been so termed in
   allusion to the scriptural "Galilee of the Gentiles." cf. OF.
   galil['e]e.] (Arch.)
   A porch or waiting room, usually at the west end of an abbey
   church, where the monks collected on returning from
   processions, where bodies were laid previous to interment,
   and where women were allowed to see the monks to whom they
   were related, or to hear divine service. Also, frequently
   applied to the porch of a church, as at Ely and Durham
   cathedrals. --Gwilt.
   [1913 Webster]
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