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 Guests at Dromoland receive a map of the gardens upon check-in, and should not miss the dramatic yew tree gallery, which dates back to 1740. Kristin Braswell, Travel + Leisure, "6 Enchanting Secret Gardens Around the World," 12 Sep. 2020 Former Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston director Bill Arning is launching a contemporary art gallery in Montrose, according to a Thursday release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Former CAMH director Bill Arning to open contemporary art gallery in Montrose," 11 Sep. 2020 The trial will eventually be held at a unique national security courthouse known as the Expeditionary Legal Complex — a courtroom including a spectator gallery that has already featured dozens of pretrial hearing sessions. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Justice delayed: 19 years later, coronavirus pushes back 9/11 trial — again," 11 Sep. 2020 The simulation extended to a Torres Campalans exhibition in a New York gallery when the English translation of Aub’s novel was published in early 1962—the work, of course, was provided by Aub, hitherto known only as a writer. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "‘Zohar Studios’: An Invented Artist’s Lively Inventions," 10 Sep. 2020 Board member Gary Wasserman, owner of Wasserman Projects gallery in Eastern Market and a longtime friend of Sharon, first raised the idea with the director in a conversation. Mark Stryker,, "Michigan Opera Theatre lands ‘genius’ Yuval Sharon as artistic director," 9 Sep. 2020 Fenn got his start in the art world by building a gallery with his wife Peggy in Santa Fe in 1972, which focused on paintings by Western artists like Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell and Thomas Morgan, his website said. Rachel Desantis,, "Forrest Fenn, Who Said His Long-Buried Treasure Was Found in June, Dies at 90," 9 Sep. 2020 The living room has a 20-foot ceiling, a large wraparound staircase and a gallery that overlooks the first floor. Dallas News, "Four homes offer ‘new possibilities’," 6 Sep. 2020 Palette at Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco’s art gallery-meets-restaurant, Palette, designed its takeout menu with an eye toward aesthetics. Janelle Bitker,, "11 San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants offering prime picnic options," 3 Sep. 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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18 Sep 2020

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“Gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 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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