noun gal·lery \ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\

: a room or building in which people look at paintings, sculptures, etc.

: a business that sells paintings, sculptures, etc.

: a group or collection of people or things

plural gal·ler·ies

Full Definition of GALLERY

a :  a roofed promenade :  colonnade
b :  corridor 1
a :  an outdoor balcony
b Southern & Midland :  porch, veranda
c :  a platform at the quarters or stern of a ship
a :  a long and narrow passage, apartment, or corridor
b :  a subterranean passageway in a cave or military mining system; also :  a working drift or level in mining
c :  an underground passage made by a mole or ant or a passage made in wood by an insect (as a beetle)
a :  a room or building devoted to the exhibition of works of art
b :  an institution or business exhibiting or dealing in works of art
c :  collection, aggregation <the rich gallery of characters in this novel — H. S. Canby>
a :  a structure projecting from one or more interior walls (as of an auditorium or church) to accommodate additional people; especially :  the highest balcony in a theater commonly having the cheapest seats
b :  the part of a theater audience seated in the top gallery
c :  the undiscriminating general public
d :  the spectators at a sporting event (as a tennis or golf match)
:  a small ornamental barrier or railing (as along the edge of a table or shelf)
:  a photographer's studio
gal·ler·ied \-rēd\ adjective
gal·lery·ite \-rē-ˌīt\ noun

Examples of GALLERY

  1. She owns a gallery downtown.
  2. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.

Origin of GALLERY

Middle English galerie, from Medieval Latin galeria, probably alteration of galilaea galilee
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with GALLERY

GALLERY Defined for Kids


noun gal·lery \ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\
plural gal·ler·ies

Definition of GALLERY for Kids

:  a long narrow room or hall
:  an indoor structure (as in a theater or church) built out from one or more walls
:  a room or building in which people look at works of art
:  the highest balcony of seats in a theater or the people who sit there
:  a passage (as in wood) made by an animal and especially an insect
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