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 charity which raises funds for cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS research, brought together a host of big stars for the gala. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Finds Her Halo in Angelic Couture," 12 Oct. 2018 The gala will raise funds for the Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the singer that advocates for education and health care on a global scale. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Designed an Instagram Filter That Makes You Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 13 Sep. 2018 The actress has always been one to watch at the annual gala. Chelsea Stone, Glamour, "Blake Lively's Met Gala 2018 Dress Took Over 600 Hours to Make," 7 May 2018 The gala raised more than $1 million to support programs and services for people who are blind. Maddie Kilgannon,, "Ellis Hall performs at 13th annual Perkins Possibilities Gala," 6 May 2018 Buy Photo The eyes of the restaurant world will focus on Chicago on Monday night as the James Beard Awards are announced at a gala. Michael Klein,, "Who will win a Beard Award for 2018?," 3 May 2018 This year’s annual gala hosted numerous Saturday Night Live cast members—the evening’s cause is a favorite of creator Lorne Michaels—and the crowd was enthralled. Vogue, "Live in Snowy New York City, It’s Thursday Night at the American Museum of Natural History Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 On October 9, the Times reported that the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed the theme for next year's gala and its subsequent exhibit. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Is the Co-Chair of the Met Gala," 9 Oct. 2018 The 2018 honorees will be officially inducted at the sixth annual La Musa Awards ceremony and gala, taking place October 18 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Gloria Trevi & Chucho Valdes Among 2018 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Honorees," 11 July 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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