gallery

noun
gal·​lery | \ ˈga-lə-rē, 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 , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt , 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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In addition to a revolving cast of chefs, Intersect hosts a robust calendar of cultural programming in its third floor private gallery. Town & Country, "Inside NYC's Latest Hub for Design, Dining, and Culture," 27 Dec. 2018 Later that day, Ripa posted her own Instagram gallery to celebrate the news. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos pay surprise visit to son on 'Riverdale' set, capture his reaction on camera," 24 Aug. 2018 Choices here may reflect his gallery’s aesthetic: cogent, skewed, color-charged, fastidious, and sometimes darkly wacky. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Returning to Houston after the unexpected whirlwind international tour of 2013, Jumper opened his first gallery. Cynthia Zanone, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Artist-activist Jumper Maybach, aka Ben Workman, is not clowning around," 6 July 2018 Six days ago, one Reddit user noted that his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend overnight from a Samsung S9+, but there was no record on his phone in Samsung’s messaging app. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Some Samsung Phones Are Randomly Texting Photos to Contacts and It's Freaking People Out," 3 July 2018 The High Line is about 65 miles away from Dia:Beacon in New York's Hudson Valley, but only a block from its sister gallery in Chelsea. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 And so, in September 1981, Nosei put him to work producing canvases in her Prince Street gallery’s basement. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Alhadeff joined his gallery with an adjacent storefront and the apartment above it; a large courtyard, with a winding wood staircase, ties the spaces together. Laura Mauk-caines, SFChronicle.com, "SF boutique Future Perfect is also its founder’s apartment," 15 June 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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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, 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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