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 US and Midland US : 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 gallery (audio) , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-​rē-​ \ noun

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Examples of gallery in a Sentence

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.
Recent Examples on the Web Directly behind her, in a gallery row reserved for the defense, are family members. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 The gallery was packed, Woodbury says, with women and men eager to experience the art. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 However, there's no clear enforcement mechanism for the standards agreed upon by the gallery and prospective purchasers. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Portland TextileX Month offers more than 40 original programs, from conversations and classes, to gallery exhibits and studio sales. oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2021 Aside from a new video introduction for the Skirball, the connection isn’t explicit because this touring gallery originated at Seattle’s MoPOP museum in 2016. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 More than that, though, the film is a portrait gallery of heroes who don’t seem cut out for the role, yet fit it brilliantly. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 More commonly known as 291 because of its first address on Broadway, the gallery showcased cutting-edge art, including the first U.S. exhibition of Matisse and the first exhibitions anywhere of Picasso, Brancusi, and Henri Rousseau. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 Thurston Twigg-Smith transformed the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, from a corporate gallery into a public museum, now known as the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021

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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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“Gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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