gal·​lus ˈga-ləs How to pronounce gallus (audio)
: suspender sense 2a
usually used in plural

Word History


respelling of gallows entry 1, showing vowel reduction in final syllable

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallus was in 1836

Dictionary Entries Near gallus

Cite this Entry

“Gallus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on gallus

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!