Raleighor Ra·legh (rô′lē, rä′-), Sir Walter 1552?-1618.
English courtier, navigator, and writer. A favorite of Elizabeth I, he led military campaigns in Ireland and Spain, explored Guiana, attempted to colonize Virginia, and served as governor of Jersey (1600-1603). He was later executed for treason. His literary works include poetry, memoirs, and a world history.