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 (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 (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 galerie, from Medieval Latin galeria, probably alteration of galilaea 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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