gala

noun ga·la \ ˈgā-lə , ˈga- , ˈgä- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

gala

adjective

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

noun

Definition of gala for English Language Learners

  • : a public party or celebration


GALA Defined for Kids

1

gala

noun ga·la \ ˈgā-lə , ˈga-lə , ˈgä- \

Definition of gala for Students

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

2

gala

adjective

Definition of gala for Students

: being or resembling a large showy celebration
  • gala events

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