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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Into Action gala on Wednesday, the night was as pink as a flamboyance of flamingos. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Sarah Silverman and Molly Ringwald Attend Planned Parenthood’s Spring Gala," 3 May 2019 While attending The Hollywood Reporter’s Empowerment in Entertainment gala last night, the media mogul spilled the beans on her present for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Oprah Already Knows What Gift She's Giving Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby," 1 May 2019 Harry and Markle have invited 600 guests to the wedding, which will be followed by a gala reception hosted by the queen. Gregory Katz,, "Meghan Markle seeks respect for dad after report he’ll skip royal wedding," 14 May 2018 Meet the Artists’ gala reception >> WHEN: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Vivica A. Fox shares secrets of diversified career in ‘Hustling’ book," 9 Feb. 2018 The gala served as the pinnacle (and most glamorous) event for FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference, which kicked off yesterday. Natalie Nudell, Vogue, "Beneath the American Museum of Natural History’s Big Blue Whale, Fashion’s Finest Attended the Sustainability-Themed FIT Gala," 5 Apr. 2019 The Clooneys are attending the gala today to represent their organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, and received a special award, the People's Postcode Lottery announced back in December. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Just Wore the Coolest One-Shoulder Jumpsuit on the Red Carpet," 14 Mar. 2019 Pattinson will be in the Czech spa town, from which the festival takes its name, for the closing gala to receive the event's prestigious President's Award. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Robert Pattinson to Get Karlovy Vary Honor," 27 June 2018 The time and place of the awards gala has not yet been announced. John Timpane,, "Barrymore Awards are going gender-neutral," 26 June 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 How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈga-lə, ˈgä-\

Kids Definition of gala

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: 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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