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 late princess wore the gown, again by Catherine Walker, to a gala in Washington, D.C. in 1996, shortly after her divorce from Prince Charles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had a Princess Diana Moment in Her Black Sequined Halter Look," 19 Nov. 2018 And then later this week on Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the 100 Days to Peace gala, an event which marks the centenary of the end of WWI, and raises money for a variety of veterans support organizations. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the WellChild Awards in a Power Suit," 4 Sep. 2018 And now she’s being formally honored for the latter; The Trevor Project is tapping her for this year's Youth Innovator Award as part of their 20th TrevorLIVE gala on December 2, 2018, the organization tells Teen Vogue exclusively. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Will Receive the Trevor Project's Youth Innovator Award," 20 Nov. 2018 After attending the Wellchild Awards Tuesday, the couple made another appearance Thursday night for the 100 Days to Peace gala. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears Jason Wu at the 100 Days to Peace Charity Gala," 6 Sep. 2018 Meghan Markle ditched the suits to wear a sleeveless blue dress by Jason Wu for her appearance the 100 Days To Peace gala with Prince Harry. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Broke Her Suit Streak with a Jason Wu Dress," 6 Sep. 2018 The foundation’s signature fundraiser is its annual gala (this year on Oct. 13; the theme is An Evening in the Stacks: The Pink Edition), when the Abingdon Library is transformed for an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing. The Aegis, "Harford County Public Library Foundation elects three new board members," 14 May 2018 As a virtuoso debut that nobody expected, the gala that JB Shuck staged Friday at Marlins Park was a smash hit — four to be exact. Craig Davis,, "JB Shuck aims to build on record-tying Marlins debut," 14 Apr. 2018 Hosted by Bosma Enterprises and Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation, this year's gala will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 7 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Fundraisers aren't about fancy food and clothes; here are 7 fun events in Indianapolis," 2 Apr. 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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