ga·la | \ˈgā-lə, ˈga-, ˈgä- \

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

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The Detroit Music Weekend celebration, produced by Music Hall, comes nearly 50 years to the month after the Jackson 5's Motown records audition, just around the corner from Friday's gala. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "The Jacksons get keys to the city ahead of Detroit fest performance," 16 June 2018 The anniversary event was preceded by a VIP reception and then a gala reception, and followed by an after-party with dancing and — although there were not many lines at the bars — food, food and more food. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Contemporary Jewish Museum has taken root in Jessie Square," 13 June 2018 Protesters flock to British palace hosting gala attended by Trump: Your guide to the 2018 World Cup final: Late-night laughs: Trump goes to NATO. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 The gala, held at the Taipei Arena, have traditionally been seen as a way to honor legendary Chinese performers but that has started to change recently. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Lala Hsu, Eggplant Egg Among the Big Winners at 29th Golden Melody Awards," 27 June 2018 The picturesque and historic Packard proving grounds will celebrate the test track’s 90th anniversary with an exceptional array of classic vehicles for a car show June 10 and an evening gala June 14. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Historic cars flock to 90th anniversary of Packard proving ground," 30 May 2018 Mexico City policy, Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, first president ever to address this gala, first president ever to address the March for Life. Fox News, "Conway on Trump's pro-life agenda, North Korea and trade," 23 May 2018 The annual charity gala, which Penn hosts to benefit his Haitian relief organization, J/P HRO raised $37 million, a record for the event. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Brad Pitt Gave Emilia Clarke the Best Night of Her Life," 18 May 2018 The gala, which is annually held on the first Monday in May, was hosted by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Six foot wings, a proposal and more moments from the 2018 Met Gala," 7 May 2018

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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 2

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English Language Learners Definition of gala

: a public party or celebration


ga·la | \ˈgā-lə, 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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