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
Recent Examples on the Web There Wang will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony in a Feb. 20 gala concert. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Classical music superstar Yuja Wang will perform with the Fort Worth Symphony next week," 12 Feb. 2021 For instance, in lieu of a normal gala, the school had Morris Jeff Legacy Month, which included the school's first virtual trivia night. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer,, "New Orleans parents feel isolated from schools amid coronavirus: 'We just can’t participate'," 29 Nov. 2020 The event was formerly known as the Heart Ball, which is an annual gala that raises funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "The greatest cellist in the world will play at this Houston gala," 25 Jan. 2021 On the other hand, who knows what curveballs 2021 -- and the still-unfolding saga of the coronavirus pandemic – may present to what’s usually a goofy, entertaining gala. oregonlive, "Winter TV 2021: Premiere dates for new and returning midseason shows," 30 Dec. 2020 The fashion moment in question went down in 1985, when Diana and her then-husband, Prince Charles, were attending a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Reportedly Upset the Queen by Miswearing a Royal Heirloom in Public," 29 Dec. 2020 The virtual event raised less than a third of what the gala concert took in last year: $1.1 million, down from $3.6 million, a vivid illustration of the steep challenge of raising money for the arts during a global pandemic. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "With No Tickets to Sell, Arts Groups Appeal to Donors to Survive," 28 Dec. 2020 As the pandemic worsened in the spring, executives at the cancer and diabetes nonprofit City of Hope began to contemplate a fall without its annual Spirit of Life music industry gala dinner, which in 2019 raised $4.4 million. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "'Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste': How Music Charities Are Raising More Money Than Ever," 7 Dec. 2020 Two types of virtual gala tickets are being offered. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Community news: Food drives, fundraisers, blankets for burgers and more," 27 Nov. 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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23 Feb 2021

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“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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