gallery

noun

gal·​lery ˈga-lə-rē How to pronounce gallery (audio)
ˈgal-rē
plural galleries
1
a
: a roofed promenade : colonnade
2
a
: an outdoor balcony
b
Southern US and Midland US : porch, veranda
c
: a platform at the quarters or stern of a ship
3
a
: 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)
4
a
: 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 novelH. S. Canby
5
a
: 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
galleried
ˈga-lə-rēd How to pronounce gallery (audio)
ˈgal-rēd
adjective
galleryite noun

Examples of gallery in a Sentence

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.
Recent Examples on the Web The best wall displays may look effortless, but the truth is that a lot of planning goes into a good gallery wall. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2024 This gallery is designed to show you what a baby girl might look like on an ultrasound during the various weeks of pregnancy. Robin Elise Weiss, Phd, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 In the 1960s, the actor and art historian Vincent Price was involved with art sales at Sears, and in Minneapolis at that time, the Dayton’s department store (which created Target) had a gallery with material by leading artists, some via the famed New York dealer Leo Castelli. Andrew Russeth, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Exhibition galleries were built inside the long-vacant 18,000-square-foot baggage depot. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 At the stand of a provocative gallery called The Breeder, the artist Aristeidis Lappas had created a giant portrait of the Minotaur. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 In recent decades, the País Basco has also established a reputation as one of Spain’s most vibrant arts hubs, home to heavy-hitting institutions like the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and contemporary galleries including Galeria Espacio Marzana and Villa Magdalena. Siobhan Reid, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 Baker also details how Hilltop Park, the first home of the Highlanders—an American League team that, in the nineteen-tens, would become the Yankees—was developed and leased by a rogues’ gallery of Tammany politicians and cops, hidden, in the classic Mob move, behind a figurehead owner. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Quint Gallery: Taylor Chapin and Glen Wilson solo shows The La Jolla contemporary art gallery has two exciting solo showcases on the schedule. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallery was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gallery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallery. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gallery

noun
gal·​lery ˈgal(-ə)-rē How to pronounce gallery (audio)
plural galleries
1
: an outdoor balcony
2
a
: a long narrow room, hall, or passage
b
: an underground passageway (as in a mine or cave)
c
: a passage (as in earth or wood) made by an animal and especially an insect
3
a
: a room or building devoted to the exhibition of works of art
b
: a business dealing in works of art
4
: a balcony in an auditorium
especially : the highest balcony in a theater or the people who sit there
play to the gallery
5
: a photographer's studio

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