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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 The Mexican leader threw a gala dinner at the national palace in Mexico City Wednesday attended by business leaders including billionaires Carlos Slim and Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala, according to photos released by his office. Lorena Rios,, "AMLO Sells $80 Million of Raffle Tickets to Mexico’s Super Rich," 10 May 2020 For more than 25 years, he has been heavily involved in , which provides meals to the homebound elderly in New York City, coming up with silent auctions and gala dinners to help drum up donations. Sarah Choi, ELLE Decor, "Here’s How You Can Help Workers at Daniel Boulud’s Restaurants," 13 Apr. 2020 Alex Kopf, 29, who works in Chicago in data analytics and who is just beginning to collect Burgundy, attended the gala dinner for the first time as a sort of early 30th birthday gift for himself. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "A Vintage Bash for All Things Burgundy," 10 Mar. 2020 The president also will hold meetings with Modi over stalled trade talks and attend a gala dinner. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s visit to India prioritizes pageantry over policy," 24 Feb. 2020 In his last election before the Iowa caucus Buttigieg ... Read More Florida governor Ron DeSantis spoke to Rush Limbaugh last fall at a gala dinner for the National Review Institute. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Skip Netflix’s Opioid Documentary, Read the Newspaper Version Instead," 11 Feb. 2020 The two-hour broadcast is filled with performances, as most of the Juno Awards will be doled out at a private, industry-only gala dinner that takes place March 14 at the World Trade Center Saskatoon. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Juno Awards Reveal 2020 Nominees & Host," 28 Jan. 2020 The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization dedicated to achieving LGBTQ equality, revealed Monday that Dan Levy will receive the Visibility Award at the HRC's gala dinner on March 28 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dan Levy to Receive Visibility Award at Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles Gala," 27 Jan. 2020 An obsession with customer service means that new branch workers spend 10 days training at headquarters, which culminates in a graduation ceremony and gala dinner. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Gold cards for everyone. How a bank for the forgotten made its investors very rich," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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