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noun gal·lery \ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\

Simple Definition of gallery

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gallery

plural galleries

  1. 1 a :  a roofed promenade :  colonnade b :  corridor 1

  2. 2 a :  an outdoor balcony b Southern & Midland :  porch, veranda c :  a platform at the quarters or stern of a ship

  3. 3 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)

  4. 4 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>

  5. 5 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)

  6. 6 :  a small ornamental barrier or railing (as along the edge of a table or shelf)

  7. 7 :  a photographer's studio

galleried play \-rēd\ adjective
galleryite play \-rē-ˌīt\ noun

Examples of gallery in a sentence

  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

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GALLERY Defined for Kids


noun gal·lery \ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\

Definition of gallery for Students

plural galleries

  1. 1 :  a long narrow room or hall

  2. 2 :  an indoor structure (as in a theater or church) built out from one or more walls

  3. 3 :  a room or building in which people look at works of art

  4. 4 :  the highest balcony of seats in a theater or the people who sit there

  5. 5 :  a passage (as in wood) made by an animal and especially an insect

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