gal·​lery | \ ˈga-lə-rē How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-rē \
plural galleries

Definition of gallery

1a : a roofed promenade : colonnade
2a : an outdoor balcony
b Southern US and Midland US : 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 How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt How to pronounce gallery (audio) , ˈgal-​rē-​ \ noun

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Examples of gallery in a Sentence

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.
Recent Examples on the Web Of special note: a gallery exploring the influence of Jean-François Millet, Monet’s immediate artistic forebear., 16 Sep. 2021 Here in New York, a show of new pieces opens this week at the Salon 94 gallery, which has represented him, and directed Pesces into important apartments and collections, for several years. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 So named because the retro-chic complex is at 3950 Georgia Ave. — Georgia peach, get it? — the combination art gallery, artist studios, workspace units and performance venue will have a grand opening Sept. 24-26. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 13 Sep. 2021 Spike Lee exhibition on the second, Pedro Almodóvar gallery on the third. Craig Nakano, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 This month, David Zwirner gallery, which represents Neel’s estate, will present a collection of the artist’s early works, including streetscapes and portraits, at its West 20th Street space in New York City. New York Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The pleasant loop route is part art gallery, part Sunday stroll, part nature hike. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 Soon, however, it is set to reopen with spaces including a new art gallery, a library and education facilities. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 The property also includes amenities such as its Turquesa Healing Arts Studio spa, art gallery, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, horse stables and more. Annie Davidson, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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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 How to pronounce gallery (audio) , 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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