Definition of gallery
3a : a long and narrow passage, apartment, or corridorb : a subterranean passageway in a cave or military mining system; also : a working drift or level in miningc : 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 artb : an institution or business exhibiting or dealing in works of artc : 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 seatsb : the part of a theater audience seated in the top galleryc : the undiscriminating general publicd : 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
galleriedplay \ˈga-lə-rēd, ˈgal-rēd\ adjective
galleryiteplay \ˈga-lə-rē-ˌīt, ˈgal-rē-\ noun
Examples of gallery in a Sentence
She owns a gallery downtown.
The movie features a gallery of weird characters.
Origin and Etymology of gallery
Middle English gallerie, borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin galeria, probably alteration (by dissimilation or suffix change) of galilea galilee
First Known Use: 15th century
GALLERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gallery for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of gallery for Students
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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