- A social occasion with special entertainments or performances: [as modifier]: a black-tie gala that begins with a cocktail receptionMore example sentences
- 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.
early 17th century (in the sense 'showy dress'): via Italian and Spanish from Old French gale 'rejoicing'.