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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Founded initially as a low-fi art gallery in a barn upstate, Green River Project LLC was a space to do side projects outside their day jobs as artist’s assistants: Aujla for Nate Lowman, and Bloomstein for Robert Goeber. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 Lake’s love of the arts was passed on to the next generation: Daughter Shelley is an artist with a gallery in Winter Park. Matthew J. Palm,, "Outspoken and stylish, Harriett Lake was devoted to the arts," 10 July 2018 The hearing drew a packed gallery of local and national media, as well as a few curious attorneys and at least one judge who wanted to observe the roll out. Kristina Davis,, "San Diego federal court begins fast-tracking border-crossing cases. Critics call it 'assembly line justice'," 10 July 2018 Hilton wrote alongside a photo gallery featuring Lily-Grace with her mom and aunt. Jen Juneau,, "Lily-Grace Is 2! Paris Hilton Wishes 'Angel' Niece a Happy Birthday in Sweet Photo Tribute," 9 July 2018 The hearing drew a packed gallery of local and national media, as well as a few curious attorneys and at least one judge who wanted to observe the roll out. Kristina Davis,, "Fast-track misdemeanor immigration court rolls out with confusion, tension," 9 July 2018 Mystique aside, her art is easily accessible from London’s Walton Fine Arts, a gallery that specializes in Street and Pop Art. Meagan Fredette,, "Say It With Art: Get Your Bae The Same Painting Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle," 7 July 2018 Several frolicsome paintings, in a gallery papered with velvety purple wallpaper and devoted to amorous pursuits, exult in the erotic lives of gods and nobles. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 To celebrate the act's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of the Interior has put together a gallery of just some of the National Trails System's most famous trails. USA TODAY, "National Trails System turns 50," 5 July 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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