ga·​la | \ ˈgā-lə How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈga- How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈgä- How to pronounce gala (audio) \

Definition of gala

1 : a festive celebration especially : a public entertainment marking a special occasion
2 capitalized : a medium-sized apple with crisp yellowish-white sweet flesh and a red skin or a golden skin with red striping

Other Words from gala

gala adjective

Examples of gala in a Sentence

a grand gala celebrating the town's centennial attended the gala celebrating the reopening of the museum
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First Known Use of gala

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gala

borrowed from French, borrowed from Spanish, "elegance, pomp, occasion marked by display," borrowed from Middle French gale "festivity, pleasure" — more at gallant entry 1

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18 May 2022

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“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for gala


ga·​la | \ ˈgā-lə How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈga-lə, ˈgä- \

Kids Definition of gala

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of gala (Entry 2 of 2)

: being or resembling a large showy celebration gala events

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Nglish: Translation of gala for Spanish Speakers


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