gal·​lery | \ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\
plural galleries

Definition of gallery 

1a : a roofed promenade : colonnade

b : corridor sense 1

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

Examples of gallery in a Sentence

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.

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Crocker spokeswoman Christine Calvin said the gallery would likely be large enough to draw visitors on its own and would likely house ceramics and other artwork that tends to not be environmentally sensitive. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Crocker Art Museum is expanding with this $40 million plan," 12 July 2018 For the past few years, the gallery has been more about the venue than the art. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Tim Faulkner Gallery prepares for August opening in Paristown Pointe," 11 July 2018 Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Reader’s Lens | The Space Needle skewers the rising moon," 2 July 2018 The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of Amer. Revolution recruit," 29 June 2018 Country or rock, casinos or indie music hall, click through this gallery to find a concert for all music lovers. Michael Hamad,, "Farm Aid 2018 Bringing Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp To Hartford," 25 June 2018 The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5. Emily Bloch,, "Neighboring Pembroke Pines exhibits explore fantasy," 13 June 2018 Last week's best photos gallery SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch in California, the royal wedding in Windsor, Naval Academy plebes climb the Herndon Monument, HouleDouse band performs on slack lines in China and more images from around the world. Washington Post, "Here are 11 of the week’s best photos," 2 June 2018 The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: New Anchorage Korean barbecue restaurant, plus an art gallery," 12 May 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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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, 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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