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 novel H. 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

Example Sentences

She owns a gallery downtown. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.
Recent Examples on the Web Biel, who shares sons Phineas, 2, and Silas, 7, with the singer, posted a gallery of photos on Instagram last month to mark their anniversary. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 This is no stroll through the long gallery of Tudor-era celebrity. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 The renovated school building has become the Rubell Museum DC, a gallery of contemporary art. John Kelly, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2022 On Instagram, the star to transform the most fully this year was arguably Lizzo, who shared a gallery of photos of her Marge Simpson getup, complete with head-to-toe yellow skin and, of course, a towering blue wig. Dan Heching, CNN, 30 Oct. 2022 There's a whole gallery of these delightful and humorous drawings on a wall in the office. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 28 Oct. 2022 Because oil and gas production is wholly dominated by for-profit firms here, the most powerful man on the planet has to go begging to a rogue’s gallery of ideologues to drill more and sell their products more cheaply. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2022 LabCentral 238 hosts a rotating gallery of artwork. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2022 This hanger puts their favorite instruments on display, turning the living room into a gallery of the arts (or rock 'n' roll museum). Mark Stock, Men's Health, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

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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