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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Kate Middleton is off to her second engagement of the day, a visit to London's Foundling Museum, which explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the U.K.'s first children's charity and public art gallery. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Catherine Walker for a Museum Visit," 19 Mar. 2019 On the last Sunday of every month, Akinmowo installs the books somewhere like an art gallery or a community center. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 No longer used for religious purposes, the building features 2,100 square feet of commercial space that’s currently functioning as an art gallery. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Gothic Revival church house in the Florida Keys asks $2.5M," 2 Oct. 2018 Take a night photography class in Muriwai, 30 minutes outside of Auckland, for your own gallery of star shots. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Launches 'Experiences' in New Zealand," 23 Aug. 2018 Over the next few weeks, fortify your exquisite tastes by taking trips to art galleries, going on wine-tasting excursions, or having a few indulgent shopping sprees. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The next phase for the gallery falls somewhere in between. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Tim Faulkner Gallery prepares for August opening in Paristown Pointe," 11 July 2018 This morning Chicago art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey—which also runs a superb record label under the same name, focusing on jazz and improvisation—announced the winners of the first Instant Award in Improvised Music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills New $50,000 prize in improvised music gives its first awards to Joe McPhee and Susan Alcorn," 10 July 2018 Highlights: Chateau La Coste is a vineyard and outdoor contemporary art gallery that features works by Andy Goldsworthy, Ai Weiwei, James Turrell. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018

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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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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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