gala

noun
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

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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 gala served as the pinnacle (and most glamorous) event for FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference, which kicked off yesterday. Natalie Nudell, Vogue, "Beneath the American Museum of Natural History’s Big Blue Whale, Fashion’s Finest Attended the Sustainability-Themed FIT Gala," 5 Apr. 2019 The Clooneys are attending the gala today to represent their organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, and received a special award, the People's Postcode Lottery announced back in December. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Just Wore the Coolest One-Shoulder Jumpsuit on the Red Carpet," 14 Mar. 2019 Pattinson will be in the Czech spa town, from which the festival takes its name, for the closing gala to receive the event's prestigious President's Award. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Robert Pattinson to Get Karlovy Vary Honor," 27 June 2018 The time and place of the awards gala has not yet been announced. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Barrymore Awards are going gender-neutral," 26 June 2018 Or, they were introduced by David Beckham, who Millie actually spent some time with Romeo's dad, David back in 2016 at Unicef's 70th anniversary gala. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Romeo Beckham? Everything You Need to Know About Millie Bobby Brown's Possible New Boyfriend," 19 Mar. 2019 Other gala guests included Bianca Jagger, Princess Beatrice (and her new boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi), Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Alexa Chung, and more. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Join Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 Kate's duties for the museum range from curating an exhibition of Victorian photography at the museum this past year, to attending the institution's important events, such as today's gala. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Rewears a Stunning Alexander McQueen Gown to the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 The gala will be emceed by television journalist Bill Kurtis, and will feature talent including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Styx, Buddy Guy, the Chicago Bears, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and actor Joe Mantegna. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois to celebrate bicentennial with a United Center bash," 26 June 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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More Definitions for gala

gala

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gala

: a public party or celebration

gala

noun
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.

gala

adjective

Kids Definition of gala (Entry 2 of 2)

: being or resembling a large showy celebration gala events

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