ga·​la | \ ˈgā-lə How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈga- How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈgä- How to pronounce gala (audio) \

Definition of gala

1 : a festive celebration especially : a public entertainment marking a special occasion
2 capitalized : a medium-sized apple with crisp yellowish-white sweet flesh and a red skin or a golden skin with red striping

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Other Words from gala

gala adjective

Examples of gala in a Sentence

a grand gala celebrating the town's centennial attended the gala celebrating the reopening of the museum
Recent Examples on the Web European Parliament member Nigel Farage addressed 800 guests at the hotel in 2019 for Turning Point USA’s liberty gala. Zach Everson, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Sponsors for the 10-year gala include Paul Mitchell, Tiffany & Co., City National Bank, Volvo Car USA and Prada. Georgia Slater,, 21 Sep. 2021 Although surely nobody would have complained if the press conference had been allowed to continue, time ran out and the actors were forced to say their goodbyes before heading off to prepare for the evening’s opening gala. Jamie Lang, Variety, 18 Sep. 2021 Upshaw, Potts and Chasinghorse Facetimed with the designer and stylist to help dress Chasinghorse for the gala, Potts said. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 While most major red carpets have returned, true fashion fanatics have been waiting with baited breath for the Met gala 2021. Glamour, 13 Sep. 2021 She is introduced at a gala benefiting sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, one of many parties on behalf of lesser afflictions that take place throughout the novel. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2020 The university’s only guidance regarding the beer style was not to go too wild with the alcohol content, considering the beverage would be served at Saint Xavier’s gala and other events. Bill Jones,, 2 Oct. 2021 Next, guests took their seats at an open-air gala dinner set within Lincoln Center Plaza beneath string lings. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of gala

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gala

borrowed from French, borrowed from Spanish, "elegance, pomp, occasion marked by display," borrowed from Middle French gale "festivity, pleasure" — more at gallant entry 1

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21 Oct 2021

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“Gala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gala

: a public party or celebration


ga·​la | \ ˈgā-lə How to pronounce gala (audio) , ˈga-lə, ˈgä- \

Kids Definition of gala

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large showy celebration We attended our town's 100th anniversary gala.



Kids Definition of gala (Entry 2 of 2)

: being or resembling a large showy celebration gala events

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