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galore

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlɔː
 
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Definition of galore in English:

adjective

[postpositive]
In abundance: there were prizes galore for everything
More example sentences
  • The Dales village is set to play host to its second folk festival when there will be guitars galore and fiddles aplenty.
  • We have had gold medallists if not galore, then aplenty, so let's consult them.
  • It's responsible for websites aplenty, spoofs galore, and enough memes to make your ears fall off into your coffee.
Synonyms
aplenty, in abundance, in profusion, in great quantity, in large numbers, by the dozen;
to spare;
informal a gogo, by the truckload, by the shedload

Origin

early 17th century: from Irish go leor, literally 'to sufficiency'.

More
  • When the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott wrote in his journal in 1826, ‘Sent off proofs and copy galore before breakfast’, he was using a word that originated in Ireland. Galore ‘in abundance’ comes from Irish go leor, which means ‘to sufficiency, enough’.

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