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 spotlight always found her, a crossover athlete who appeared on magazine covers, dated famous sports stars — once golfer Tiger Woods and now Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban — and wore elegant outfits at gala events. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Cold feat: Vonn’s legacy not solely defined by wins, crashes," 10 Feb. 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just met Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at a gala event for the Broadway musical in London. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda At Hamilton Gala in London," 29 Aug. 2018 Magazine has made over the past decade without mentioning our annual Innovator Awards, which are celebrated in a special issue and at a gala event held at the Museum of Modern Art in November. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: All in the Family," 23 Aug. 2018 The dinosaur was returned to the village's public works yard, where it has been stored for the past 10 months leading up to Thiensville's Under the Stars gala event on June 2. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How the kidnapping of this purple dinosaur almost ruined a Thiensville park fundraiser," 29 May 2018 Under President Obama, the American policy was to dissuade company executives from attending the economic forum, a gala event backed by the Russian government and modeled on the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. New York Times, "Hosted by Putin, Leaders of France and Japan Castigate Trump," 25 May 2018 The top films were screened February at a gala event at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Springs student film on Harvey recovery wins acclaim," 16 May 2018 Out After-Party at The Underground: The Underground will offer all guests of Chef’s Night Out, the post-JBF gala event, free express entry as well as drink tickets for the first 100 guests. Grace Wong,, "James Beard parties and events you actually can get into," 30 Apr. 2018 The gala event's other honors include IndyStar Miss Basketball, presented by the Indiana Fever; the Team of the Year; Coach of the Year; Play of the Year and the top boys and girls athletes of the year. Jenny Green, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar Sports Awards: Likely your last chance to see Romeo Langford before he commits," 28 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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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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