gallery

noun
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 & 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 How to pronounce galleried (audio) , ˈgal-​rēd \ adjective
galleryite \ ˈga-​lə-​rē-​ˌīt How to pronounce galleryite (audio) , ˈgal-​rē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for gallery

Synonyms

museum, salon

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Examples of gallery in a Sentence

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

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Dodd rented a storefront downtown and opened a new workspace and gallery. Anchorage Daily News, "MAKING IT: This Alaska artist’s career has been a series of leaps of faith," 6 Sep. 2019 The opening scene finds Emma, who works in an art gallery, and Jerry, a literary agent, catching up two years after their affair ended. Kyle Smith, National Review, "When Superheroes Take the Stage," 6 Sep. 2019 The gallery will be situated next door to Oulman’s new wine bar, Cafe Lilla. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Husband-and-wife studio owners call St. Paul’s Payne Avenue, East Side the next arts hub," 6 Sep. 2019 Your photo could be included in the Sept. 22 Travel section or in the online gallery. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Better than Yosemite? These 2 parks may be," 5 Sep. 2019 One of those medals is on display in the Muzeo galleries. Daily Pilot, "New exhibit in Anaheim tells stories of O.C.-based Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 The 2018 competition brought in more than 100 submissions and concluded with a gallery event in Glendale’s historic Adams Square Mini Park. Mark Kellam, Glendale News-Press, "Assembly District photo contest opens to local shutterbugs," 5 Sep. 2019 Friday night has been compared to a huge gallery opening with a street festival atmosphere, while Saturday afternoon caters to families. al, "15 concerts to attend in September, plus more events," 4 Sep. 2019 The constraint, backed by the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, meant Tesla had to showcase its models in galleries and have customers order online. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Tesla’s San Antonio service center site is for sale," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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gallery

noun

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

gallery

noun
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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