Definition of gala in English:

gala

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noun

  • A social occasion with special entertainments or performances.

    as modifier ‘a black-tie gala that begins with a cocktail reception’
    • ‘A young virtuoso pianist from Sligo was the star of a gala concert performance held in Dublin on December 11.’
    • ‘The Great Northern Brass Arts Festival, which is in its fifth year, began with a five-hour concert, followed by an evening gala performance in front of a capacity audience.’
    • ‘The pressure was on a year in advance to come up with stellar costuming worthy of the star-studded gala performance at Wortham Theater Center.’
    • ‘In return patrons receive two complimentary tickets for the gala performance on February 4 and are invited to the pre-gala reception.’
    • ‘The height of the festival was the gala performance, which kept the audience's attention for the full four and one-half hours.’
    • ‘The ceremony began with the award gala dinner and was a huge international occasion.’
    • ‘This will follow a gala performance in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in May.’
    • ‘She once famously shook hands with Dracula when she attended a gala performance by the company at Leeds Grand Theatre.’
    • ‘Pupils staged a gala performance of dance, poems, songs and gymnastics in her honour.’
    • ‘So anyway, we had been planning to bring out this troupe of long-legged dancers from Vegas for the entertainment at the gala anniversary party.’
    • ‘Each teacher choreographed a short work for the gala performance.’
    • ‘Over €16m was raised from the charity auction at the gala dinner, which was attended by over 1,200 people.’
    • ‘He'll also join other centenary celebrations including a gala dinner on November 23.’
    • ‘She was presented with her award at a gala dinner and gathering in the Burlington Hotel last week.’
    • ‘The students have previously performed in regional concerts in their own provinces and were then chosen by RIAM senior examiners to perform at the special gala.’
    • ‘The two stars, who will be special guests at the gala, will perform individually and in tandem.’
    • ‘Spirits, wide awake and alert, were quite certain it was a gala occasion.’
    • ‘The highlight will be the presidential address this Tuesday evening while the social highlight will be the gala dinner which is also planned for this Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The exhibit's grand finale was a gala auction of the winning doghouses that raised money for the SPCA and the museum.’
    • ‘This price includes a buffet breakfast, the use the hotel's conference facilities, lunch, a gala dinner and a floor show.’
    fete, gala day, fair, feast, festival, carnival, pageant, jubilee, jamboree, party, garden party, celebration
    festive, celebratory, merry, joyous, joyful
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Pronunciation

gala

/ˈɡālə/ /ˈɡeɪlə/ /ˈɡalə/ /ˈɡælə/

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘showy dress’): via Italian and Spanish from Old French gale ‘rejoicing’.