gal·​lery | \ ˈga-lə-rē How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-rē\
plural galleries

Definition of gallery

1a : a roofed promenade : colonnade
2a : an outdoor balcony
b Southern & Midland : porch, veranda
c : a platform at the quarters or stern of a ship
3a : a long and narrow passage, apartment, or corridor
b : a subterranean passageway in a cave or military mining system also : a working drift or level in mining
c : an underground passage made by a mole or ant or a passage made in wood by an insect (such as a beetle)
4a : a room or building devoted to the exhibition of works of art
b : an institution or business exhibiting or dealing in works of art
c : collection, aggregation the rich gallery of characters in this novel— H. S. Canby
5a : a structure projecting from one or more interior walls (as of an auditorium or church) to accommodate additional people especially : the highest balcony in a theater commonly having the cheapest seats
b : the part of a theater audience seated in the top gallery
c : the undiscriminating general public
d : the spectators at a sporting event (such as a tennis or golf match)
6 : a small ornamental barrier or railing (as along the edge of a table or shelf)
7 : a photographer's studio

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Other Words from gallery

galleried \ ˈga-​lə-​rēd How to pronounce galleried (audio) , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt How to pronounce galleryite (audio) , ˈgal-​rē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for gallery


museum, salon

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Examples of gallery in a Sentence

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.

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In the 1960s, Japanese fiber artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam was captivated by form and space, creating ethereal museum and gallery installations in black and white that caught light and shadow. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Cooper Family Juneteenth Celebration, Smokey Robinson, New Children’s Museum’s ‘Whammock!’," 14 June 2019 Choose to head out on a riverside hike through lush landscapes inhabited by red deer, ptarmigan, and snowy owl, or spend time exploring Braemar’s charming shops and galleries. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 On June 11, the gallery will present the 2019 BP portrait award. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "What should the National Portrait Gallery do about a controversial donor?," 9 June 2019 Myself and a friend rented out and built this creative complex; a 2,200-squre-feet, it's got a music studio, a photo studio, a storefront/gallery/pop-up shop in the front. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Autograf Survive and Shine on 'Love & Retrograde' EP Breakdown: Exclusive," 7 June 2019 Schwartz established the gallery in 1979 and holds an inventory of more than 8,000 works by artists like Rembrandt, as well as 20th century masters like Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Miró, Matisse and Chagall, among others. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin Opens Art Exhibit in Beverly Hills," 7 June 2019 Jennifer Lawrence has kept her relationship with fiancé Cooke Maroney completely under wraps, even after the art gallery director put an engagement ring on her finger. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Wait Is Over: Here's Jennifer Lawrence Talking About Cooke Maroney," 6 June 2019 The London-based Opie is a major name in technological art, and his static work now goes for six figures at auction, said Christopher West, an art consultant and gallery owner at Christopher West Presents. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Mass Ave's electronic 'Ann Dancing' needs $262,800. Here's what's behind that number.," 4 June 2019 Most of the young people, including lead plaintiff Kelsey Rose Juliana, 23, of Eugene, watched the hourlong arguments from the front row of the public gallery in the 16th-floor courtroom of the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland., "Federal appeals court hears ‘climate change kids’ case," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of gallery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gallery

Middle English gallerie, borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin galeria, probably alteration (by dissimilation or suffix change) of galilea galilee

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English Language Learners Definition of gallery

: a room or building in which people look at paintings, sculptures, etc.
: a business that sells paintings, sculptures, etc.
: a group or collection of people or things


gal·​lery | \ ˈga-lə-rē How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-rē\
plural galleries

Kids Definition of gallery

1 : a long narrow room or hall
2 : an indoor structure (as in a theater or church) built out from one or more walls
3 : a room or building in which people look at works of art
4 : the highest balcony of seats in a theater or the people who sit there
5 : a passage (as in wood) made by an animal and especially an insect

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