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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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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Organizers will also honor people and organizations at the gala, including hip-hop artist Jay Park and R&B jazz band Hiroshima. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "Asian Americans push for Smithsonian gallery of their own," 19 May 2019 This is the morning of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala, the annual fundraiser for the non-profit of the same name, a onetime settlement house on New York's Upper East Side that serves some 15,000 New Yorkers annually. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), an organization that works to empower and educate girls in rural Africa, had its gala last night. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recorded a Message for Camfed's Gala About the Importance of Women's Education," 10 May 2019 The Orangeburg County Democratic Party announced that Booker, D-N.J., will attend its annual fundraising gala on Oct. 18 in South Carolina, according to The Associated Press. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Booker fuels 2020 talk with South Carolina Democratic fundraiser," 13 Sep. 2018 The Democrats running for governor, for instance, have all sworn off money from Big Sugar, but the party named U.S. Sugar Saturday as a sponsor for its gala. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Florida Democrats look for depth and clarity in the blue wave," 30 June 2018 Although the organization has held Summit conferences and award ceremonies in the past, Saturday was their first-ever gala, which focused a considerable amount on President Trump and his administration. Joelle Goldstein, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Olsen Honored at Environmental Media Association Benefit Gala," 10 June 2018 On May 19, less than two weeks before Shooter made the ballot, the organization honored his accusers at its annual gala. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Women blast Don Shooter running for Arizona Legislature after harassment expulsion," 30 May 2018 On May 7, 12 students went to New York to perform with Ballet Hispanico at its annual gala at the Plaza Hotel. Sue Strachan,, "Prix d'Elegance 2018 mixes fashion and philanthropy at annual luncheon," 27 May 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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The first known use of gala was in 1777

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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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