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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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Freni returned to the Met the following year for a farewell gala. Ronald Blum, USA TODAY, "Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni, last of a golden era of singers, dies at age 84," 10 Feb. 2020 In May of that year the Met presented her in a gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of her company debut and her 50th year in opera. New York Times, "Mirella Freni, Matchless Italian Prima Donna, Dies at 84," 9 Feb. 2020 AP Photo/Ajit Solanki Weddings are, for the most part, a gala affair in India. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indian millennials are borrowing more to fund their weddings, instead of relying on parents," 6 Feb. 2020 Chamber gala The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala will be Feb.7, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston West-Katy, 16435 Katy Freeway in Houston. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 5 Feb. 2020 This year’s gala will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the chamber. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Your monthly Frisco event calendar: Miniature animals, Sesame Street, Casino Night, FC Dallas and more," 5 Feb. 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a speech at a speech at a Human Rights Campaign gala. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Midwest college gift shop removes display of dolls of Black leaders that were hanging from a tree," 5 Feb. 2020 Alongside the Royal Founding Patron of the British Asian Trust and accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles attended a lavish gala reception as part of the charity's annual dinner at Banqueting House in London. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Katy Perry Teams Up With the British Royal Family for a Good Cause," 4 Feb. 2020 The plan was announced Saturday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a speech at a Human Rights Campaign gala. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Brooklyn park to be renamed after trans activist Marsha P. Johnson," 2 Feb. 2020

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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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gala

: a public party or celebration


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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