gallery

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Leaving the Atocha Station ended with the narrator reading his own poems in a gallery filled with his friends. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 Photography is prohibited in the gallery, so visitors are unable to post pictures of themselves with sensitive materials, and the museum has hired extra security to patrol the exhibition spaces, as Dutch News reports. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Exhibition on Nazi Design Shows the Challenges of Presenting Third Reich Iconography Within a Museum Setting," 10 Sep. 2019 After the Senate approved the bill 27-11, sending it to the governor, some protesters in the gallery began to sob. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California limits vaccine medical exemptions as protests disrupt Legislature," 9 Sep. 2019 Shine a Light is a presentation of her work, including digital metal prints, micro video projections, window treatments and a multimedia installation in the gallery. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 3 Sep. 2019 At the judge’s invitation, the rows of women in the gallery on Tuesday stood and formed a line leading into the well of the packed courtroom, some clasping each other’s hands and whispering words of encouragement. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims, Denied a Trial, Vent Their Fury: ‘He Is a Coward’," 27 Aug. 2019 No matter the season, dance history springs immediately to mind upon seeing works by Warhol, Johns, Rauschenberg and LeWitt grouped together in a gallery in the pavilions. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Glenstone’s connections to dance, now and on the horizon," 23 Aug. 2019 In the front gallery, Greg Meza’s Dog is a painting whose scraped-off layered reddish-orange Pyrrole paint reveals what can only be described as a hellhound whose growl reverberates across the canvas. Dallas News, "A Dallas art gallery examines identity in 'How It Looks To Be You In Egyptian Cotton'," 23 Aug. 2019 During Davis’ sentencing hearing, a small group of people including Walsh sat in the courtroom gallery to support him. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Activist who smeared his own blood on wall of Portland City Hall gets 2 years of probation," 23 Aug. 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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gallery

noun

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

gallery

noun
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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