: a festive celebration
especially : a public entertainment marking a special occasion
capitalized : a medium-sized apple with crisp yellowish-white sweet flesh and a red skin or a golden skin with red striping
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 Just more than three months after their sprint to the altar, in a gala ceremony televised live on ABC, the widower and his new bride are breaking up. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson acted as the night’s honorary chairs, alongside gala chairs businesswoman and philanthropist Jamie Alexander Tisch, environmentalist Kelly Chapman Meyer, philanthropist Quinn Ezralow, and Anastasia Beverly Hills CEO and founder Anastasia Soare. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 Find out what the biggest stars of the '80s were up to with throwback photos from Hollywood's bygone era From stylish nights abroad to glamorous galas back home in Hollywood, April 1981 was star-studded from the start. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Chicago on June 10. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 3 Apr. 2024 Ahead of the annual Tribeca Ball gala, The New York Academy of Art had been given a spring clean that Marie Kondo would be proud of. Freya Drohan, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 With accommodations for the gala events in high demand, early reservations are called for. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 The organization also notes that an opening-night gala reimagined by Vicente — with Christopher Nolan and Kristen Stewart in attendance to receive honorary awards — raised a record $1.5 million this year. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 1 Apr. 2024 The Entertainment Community Fund has set its sights on Warner Bros. Television Group for top honors at an upcoming gala in New York City. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gala was in 1777

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“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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: a festive celebration
gala adjective

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