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 galleried (audio) , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt How to pronounce galleryite (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 Though Jones posts fragments of the work digitally and is considering eventually displaying it in the gallery, the project exists primarily for subscribers, who can share with and browse the hashtag #QueerCorrespondence on social media. Michaela Trimble, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 24 Sep. 2020 This exhibit will be hung in the gallery, unless gathering restrictions change., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 24 Sep. 2020 Masterson, 44, who has been free on bail since his June arrest, stood in court in a blue suit and face mask next to attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum, as the three women sat in the gallery. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Actor Danny Masterson appears in court, lawyer denounces rape charges," 18 Sep. 2020 Sitting in the gallery of the federal court room in Washington, DC, reporters broke into laughter more than once. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition," 10 Sep. 2020 Boniface, who sat in the gallery at Tuesday’s meeting, said the hearing was not about him and asked the council to confine their questions to Lloyd’s qualifications for the job and speak with the county executive about the appointment. James Whitlow,, "Harford County Council grills prospective director of administration on ties to Billy Boniface’s campaign," 9 Sep. 2020 Salsa, bachata and tango tunes will echo in the gallery. Dallas News, "Fall Arts Preview: Find out what to enjoy from our critics and contributors and how to see them safely," 4 Sep. 2020 Liddy, who shook uncontrollably and sobbed intermittently throughout the hearing, was permitted to remain seated in the gallery with his wife for comfort. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former state prosecutor gets probation in child-porn case," 2 Sep. 2020 The Whitney is not a commercial gallery, but an institution invested in collecting and defining American Art as a totemic category. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Whitney Museum’s Careless Attempt to Curate a Summer of Black Uprising," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of gallery was in the 15th century

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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce gallery (audio)

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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