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
Recent Examples on the Web High Tea is our first fundraising gala, rebranded as a music and arts festival. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 This year’s gala is co-hosted by Elisha Rhodes, Interim CEO and COO, YWCA USA; activist, educator, and writer, Brittany Packnett Cunningham; and founder and CEO of HUED, Kimberly Wilson. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 24 June 2021 This year’s gala was poised to be a standout in the event’s decades-long history for two reasons: First, the pandemic put the kibosh on 2020’s festivities, making the overdue feting that followed as anticipated as ever. Danielle Naer, Vogue, 17 June 2021 In addition, there will be a gala, a documentary on the history of the neighborhood and a symposium. Billy Jean Louis,, 17 June 2021 Performed in the theater’s upstairs promenade and on the stage of the David H. Koch Theater of Lincoln Center, the gala was filmed with authority and visual beauty by Sofia Coppola and remains available through May 27 at Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 18 May 2021 An in-person Black Tie & Boots anniversary gala is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 19, 2022, but this year’s virtual event is a great opportunity for Texans who haven’t had the chance to attend the Washington ball to experience it, Thompson said. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2021 First responders, doctors and nurses were among guests invited to a gala on the White House South Lawn. Chelsey Cox, USA Today, 2 July 2021 To celebrate, the Hellfire Trading Company (which markets the drugs) is holding an elite, invitation-only gala for presidents, CEOs, ambassadors, Avengers, etc. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021

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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 1

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17 Jul 2021

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“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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