gala

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noun ga·la \ˈgā-lə, ˈga-, ˈgä-\

Definition of gala

  1. 1 :  a festive celebration; especially :  a public entertainment marking a special occasion

  2. 2 capitalized :  a medium-sized apple with crisp yellowish-white sweet flesh and a red skin or a golden skin with red striping

gala

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Examples of gala in a Sentence

  1. a grand gala celebrating the town's centennial

  2. attended the gala celebrating the reopening of the museum

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Origin and Etymology of gala

borrowed from French, borrowed from Spanish, “elegance, pomp, occasion marked by display,” borrowed from Middle French gale “festivity, pleasure” — more at 2gallant


GALA Defined for English Language Learners

gala

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Definition of gala for English Language Learners

  • : a public party or celebration


GALA Defined for Kids

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gala

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noun ga·la \ˈgā-lə, ˈga-lə, ˈgä-\

Definition of gala for Students

  1. :  a large showy celebration We attended our town's 100th anniversary gala.


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adjective ga·la

Definition of gala for Students

  1. :  being or resembling a large showy celebration gala events


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