Definition of gallery in English:


nounPlural galleries

  • 1A room or building for the display or sale of works of art.

    ‘an art gallery’
    ‘the National Gallery’
    • ‘Pratt also added an art gallery to the home displaying paintings by George Cooke, a southern artist supported by Pratt.’
    • ‘Many galleries display the art prints without prices - hoping to get more easily into an e-mail contact with their visitors.’
    • ‘They would compete to tear down government buildings, rip art galleries to shreds, and hold impromptu show trials for local Party officials, teachers or intellectuals.’
    • ‘Business, local galleries and art museums brought home the bacon as well.’
    • ‘By the mid-1980s several established contemporary Australian art galleries were including Aboriginal art in their exhibition schedules.’
    • ‘As visitors approach the art galleries, moreover, the building will calm them.’
    • ‘Fundamental to the foundation of national art galleries were several assumptions that still govern the public display of art.’
    • ‘The suggestion that, because the material is displayed in an art gallery it is automatically post-modern, and apparently beyond criticism, is weak, and an abuse of the term.’
    • ‘Librarians also help these community artists by arranging exhibitions - at the library and at various art galleries - and sales.’
    • ‘In their place will be a new two-storey building that will contain an art gallery.’
    • ‘The new renaissance and baroque galleries at the Waiters Art Museum, Baltimore, include rooms that resemble those of a seventeenth-century Dutch nobleman.’
    • ‘Anthony continued to paint in oils and watercolour, with his work displayed in art galleries throughout Ireland.’
    • ‘Young didn't wait for his work to be exhibited in art galleries or museums, although that's where it is now.’
    • ‘His White Spoon Gallery is an art gallery devoted to the spoon.’
    • ‘When the gallery began presenting Pop art, the sculptor showed elsewhere.’
    • ‘Framed prints of Davidson's micrographs have been displayed in art galleries nationwide.’
    • ‘Unlike most museums and art galleries, the National Trust's responsibilities extend beyond works of art to buildings, gardens, and natural and designed landscape.’
    • ‘Pictures of huge Angel statues and former industrial buildings turned into art galleries lend themselves to good imagery for fashion-conscious think tanks it seems.’
    • ‘Museums and art galleries face different constraints.’
    • ‘Simply trusting established art galleries or auction houses is nice, but it is an insufficient protection.’
    exhibition room, display room, art gallery, museum
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    1. 1.1 A collection of pictures.
      ‘an extensive gallery of colour photographs’
      • ‘There is a search facility, frequently asked questions, video clips and a gallery of pictures for the casual visitor to the site.’
      • ‘This has resulted in a whole gallery of competing pictures.’
      • ‘Make time for Rome's patrician galleries - private collections of the great princes, in many cases still right in the family palace where they were first hung.’
      • ‘The pictures in the photo gallery made me realise that I am a very lucky happily married man!’
      • ‘It may be disturbing to view, but this is a gallery of pictures of evacuees arriving in Melbourne and the Alfred Hospital.’
      • ‘Below is a gallery of pictures of today's anti-Japanese protests, photographed from the west wall of Beijing University.’
      • ‘He also has three galleries of pictures which are worth looking at.’
      • ‘But as time goes by I will add pictures and galleries to the existing ones.’
      • ‘Go to my gallery for pictures from the 1st One Day international cricket match between the West Indies and South Africa.’
      • ‘I've added more pictures to the gallery - selected shots from the black and white film that I took in Paris a couple of weeks ago.’
      • ‘Welcome to our photo gallery, an exclusive collection of pictures depicting Rochdale and the surrounding areas.’
      • ‘To view some of his images visit his on-line gallery: Pictures of Ireland’
      • ‘Cruise through the photo gallery for some fun pictures.’
      • ‘I've also got some great pictures of me in my Elizabethan togs which I will scan in today so keep your eye open for some new pictures in the gallery.’
      • ‘So that means my WIP gallery is down one picture!’
      • ‘I have added a small gallery with larger pictures and more of them in the photos area.’
      • ‘Visitors can also take part by posing in the special photo booth and adding their own picture to the gallery of fame.’
      • ‘There is a photo gallery with over 110 pictures divided into a number or interesting categories.’
      • ‘There's a gallery of seven pictures from the week online here.’
      • ‘The gallery includes pictures taken during the Eclipse in 2001.’
  • 2A balcony or upper floor projecting from an interior back or side wall of a hall or church, providing space for an audience or musicians.

    ‘in the minstrels' gallery, a string orchestra plays themes from film soundtracks’
    • ‘He said the Great Hall was a major feature, with its high vaulted ceiling, stone floor and minstrels' gallery - and the views were breathtaking.’
    • ‘Imagine harsh whining noise emanating from a minstrel's gallery in a church in a woodland village in Dorset.’
    • ‘He tramped up a flight of stairs and appeared in the minstrels' gallery overlooking the main collection hall.’
    • ‘A minstrel's gallery provides additional sleeping accommodation in the roof space above the kitchen.’
    • ‘An ash staircase leads upstairs where an ash balustrade forms a minstrel's gallery overlooking the entrance hall.’
    1. 2.1the gallery The highest balcony in a theatre, containing the cheapest seats.
      • ‘Maybe this creates better sound for the people up in the circle and the gallery.’
      • ‘For the more romantic there is seating on a gallery overlooking the bar.’
      • ‘But I could still see the raised seats in the gallery high above me, and the bleachers at the same level.’
      • ‘Spectators sit in the galleries, grouped according to rank, race, or religion.’
      • ‘Spectators standing in the pit or seated on hard benches in the gallery are visible in the daylight and there is a constant feeling of motion that animates the geometries of the theatre's space.’
      • ‘Janet and William Norwood, the young man's parents, were also seated in the gallery and stood up to tumultuous and prolonged applause.’
      • ‘Seated in the theatre's lower gallery, I found myself distracted, not for the first time, by the endless gropings of the groundlings.’
      • ‘For the Theatre Royal show, which opened on Tuesday, seats are available in the upper circle and gallery for shows next Monday to Friday.’
      • ‘The idea of being free seems to disorientate Stephanie as she rises from her seat but with every step she makes towards the gallery, the clouds drift out of her mind.’
      • ‘The figure was positioned in the middle of the gallery, seated on a small plywood pedestal that rested on a larger box.’
      • ‘As a result, a line of people waited overnight for a seat in the gallery, a highly unusual occurrence for the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘It was when two women seated in the gallery embraced.’
      • ‘This was clearly unpopular with the stars of the gallery and the drama queens of politics, so was dropped after its one, demonstrably successful, trial.’
      • ‘But in the middle of the gallery, there's a circular seating area from which emanate the sounds of various female monologues.’
      • ‘He turned and pointed to Jefferson Lambert, seated in the gallery.’
      • ‘But the acoustics are not that good and everyone strains to hear the softer spoken witnesses; seats in the front of the gallery are prime spots.’
      balcony, circle, upper circle
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    2. 2.2 A group of spectators, especially those at a golf tournament.
      ‘he lashed a two-iron on to the green, bringing gasps from the gallery’
      • ‘Although our round wasn't quite like a major on Sunday, I can tell you the gallery of two caddies went crazy with excitement.’
      • ‘When the coast was clear, I leaped into position and hit the ball right on the green and two-putted for par and a nice hand from the gallery.’
      • ‘The antagonism from the galleries at the last Ryder Cup in Boston was over the top.’
      • ‘But on the golf course, in front of galleries, I'm out of my element.’
      • ‘By this time, the gallery was really getting excited.’
      • ‘When I sank my putt, they were staring over my shoulder like a gallery at a tour event.’
      • ‘When he hit and when he putted, it was over - then you had to putt, and the gallery is all running around.’
      • ‘By seeking more mainstream sports fans, is golf in danger of attracting football crowds instead of the more traditional golf galleries?’
      • ‘Tom Watson and the Scots golfing galleries relived all their yesteryears at Turnberry last week when he and Jack Nicklaus played out the reprise of the Duel of the Sun.’
      • ‘My tee shot went right and into the gallery and struck - of all people - my fiancée, Amanda, in the back.’
      • ‘Loudmouths in the gallery are ruining the pleasure of watching the pros play in person.’
      • ‘Maybe that's because I'm over near the gallery in the rough.’
      • ‘After wild applause from the gallery, Hogan said nothing, then hit his next shot within a few feet of the cup.’
      • ‘He wasn't expecting to win, but he was keen to show golf's most knowledgeable galleries that he was a genuine talent.’
      • ‘Happy to milk the galleries he gives back as much as he receives and, despite throttling back his driving, he can still conjure up the kind of spectacular shots that keep the galleries cheering.’
      • ‘That this is the same man who has snapped at golf galleries from Albuquerque to Long Island.’
      • ‘With the gallery six deep from tee to green on every hole for those two rounds, Jack's farewell drew an appropriate and appreciative audience.’
      • ‘Watching from the TV tower, I cringe at the way galleries crowd in from the left and in front of the player.’
      • ‘However, it's impossible to police everyone in the gallery, or tournament golf would turn into a police state.’
      • ‘For the packed gallery of the Delhi Golf Club, the $300,000 Hero Honda Masters had all the ingredients that lead to a great finish.’
      audience, spectators, watchers, listeners, viewers, onlookers, patrons, house, stalls
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  • 3A long room or passage, typically one that is partly open at the side to form a portico or colonnade.

    • ‘The new block between the western road and the arcade has a ground floor given over to shops, with access to upper apartments at each end by an open gallery.’
    • ‘Liam led me along an amazing and seemingly endless labyrinth of passages, hallways, corridors and galleries.’
    • ‘The gallery originated in the open colonnaded loggias of Antiquity and was first developed in France.’
    • ‘Two flights of stairs swept from the vestibule to a landing, with a door opening to the rotunda gallery.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the front of the gallery is completely open to the lobby eliminating any illusions about being trapped.’
    • ‘The entrance foyer of the Rand Club is dominated by huge simulated porphyry columns and a grand staircase leading to a colonnaded gallery.’
    • ‘As the hub of the house, the great room opens to the entrance gallery, the deck, and the breakfast nook.’
    • ‘We could open a gallery from the upstairs room to the living room and it would be a memorable feature.’
    • ‘The linear form of the north block lends itself to open galleries while the deeper south block offers a calmer atmosphere for browsing stacks and reading at tables.’
    • ‘The courtyard is surrounded on three sides by columned cloisters with galleries of majestic arches.’
    • ‘My room opened upon the central gallery, and was not even on the same floor as that on which Raffles - and I think all the other men - were quartered.’
    • ‘Typical floors house information and research resources in galleries that open onto the atrium.’
    • ‘Moving further in, concentric with the central stupa is a surrounding gallery or portico that connects the four viharas.’
    • ‘The atrium style entrance halls are overlooked by an overhanging gallery on the first floor.’
    • ‘It is overlooked by a gallery and opens onto a terrace when the Donegal climate permits, which it often does, according to Ferran.’
    passage, passageway, corridor, hall, hallway, walkway, arcade
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    1. 3.1 A horizontal underground passage, especially in a mine.
      ‘long underground galleries of 3 km or more made it possible to mine under the sea’
      • ‘The Foggaras, a network of underground galleries, conducted water from one place to the other over very long distances so as to avoid evaporation.’
      • ‘Then come ambrosia beetles and western oak bark beetles by the thousands, flocking to feed, tunnel out galleries, and lay their eggs.’
      • ‘Degus are social rodents that live in underground galleries, connected above ground by a system of runways.’
      • ‘Three galleries occur round the shaft where there are shale beds.’
      • ‘Large numbers of sacred cats were mummified and deposited in underground galleries at some sites such as Tel Basta at the town of Zagazig, east of Cairo.’
      • ‘Beyond the entrance was a great underground gallery, studded with rows of openings.’
      • ‘While burial in underground galleries carved out of soft rock was not restricted to Roman Christians alone, it is with them that the catacombs are most commonly associated.’
      • ‘The gallery was finally tamped with sod or earth, over a length of 6 to 10 meters.’
      • ‘The underground galleries use concrete construction.’
      • ‘Shafts that provide access to a series of galleries that follow seams of material underground are known as galleried shaft mines.’
      • ‘A stone staircase leads to the deep cave labyrinth, 2500m of underground galleries.’
      • ‘When flint was reached the miners cut a series of radiating galleries out from the shaft to follow the seam.’
      • ‘At the base of the shaft, six horizontal galleries were found, extending for over 15m in some cases.’
      • ‘We walked through replicas of the old houses with their cooling wind-towers, and then down a spiral staircase to the underground galleries.’
      • ‘The mines, a Unesco world cultural heritage monument, attract tourists from round the world to its labyrinthine tunnels, galleries and underground lakes.’
      • ‘Lecterns with adapted heights were fit within the existing archways of the archeological galleries.’
      underground passage, subterranean passage
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  • play to the gallery

    • Act in an exaggerated way in order to appeal to popular taste.

      • ‘Every producer and director has played to the gallery and used ‘sex appeal’ to sell their product albeit in their own ways.’
      • ‘From this, it can be surmised that the Forum is more interested in playing to the gallery via television and radio appearances than resolving whatever differences they may have with Government.’
      • ‘It seems most unfortunate that on this occasion we seem to have played to the gallery and finished up costing the council tax payers a lot of money, plus putting us all in a somewhat invidious position.’
      • ‘It's true that East Timor has been blatantly playing to the gallery.’
      • ‘We posture, strike poses, we play to the gallery or say things for effect.’
      • ‘Far be it from me to suspect him of playing to the gallery, lest it be interpreted that I find the idea of Bulgarian journalists being magnetic marriage prospects not entirely credible.’
      • ‘But now there is nothing in place; everyone plays to the gallery.’
      • ‘He was not the sort of person who played to the gallery and loved the adulation of the crowd.’
      • ‘This was not a bunch of amateurs playing to the gallery, or a politically correct, student debating club, but a sober and serious assembly of grown-up legislators trying to negotiate a moral minefield.’
      • ‘In playing to the gallery - or to be more precise to the press table - some councillors with ambitions of rising to a higher chamber can stray from the business of the day.’


Late Middle English (in gallery (sense 3)): via Old French from Italian galleria ‘gallery’, formerly also ‘church porch’, from medieval Latin galeria, perhaps an alteration of galilea (see galilee).