Definition of gala in English:


Syllabification: ga·la
Pronunciation: /ˈgālə, ˈgalə


  • A social occasion with special entertainments or performances: [as modifier]: a black-tie gala that begins with a cocktail reception
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    • 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.
    fête, fair, festival, carnival, pageant, jubilee, jamboree, party, garden party, after-party, celebration; festivitiesfestive, celebratory, merry, joyous, joyful; diverting, entertaining, enjoyable, spectacular


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

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