noun gal·lery \ ˈga-lə-rē , ˈgal-rē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of gallery

plural galleries
1 a :a roofed promenade :colonnade
b :corridor 1
2 a :an outdoor balcony
b Southern & Midland :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


play \ˈga-lə-rēd, ˈgal-rēd\ adjective


play \ˈga-lə-rē-ˌīt, ˈgal-rē-\ noun

Examples of gallery in a Sentence

  1. She owns a gallery downtown.

  2. The movie features a gallery of weird characters.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of gallery for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun gal·lery \ ˈga-lə-rē , ˈgal-rē \

Definition of gallery for Students

plural galleries
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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