Definition of gala in English:

gala

noun

  • A social occasion with special entertainments or performances.

    as modifier ‘a black-tie gala that begins with a cocktail reception’
    • ‘She once famously shook hands with Dracula when she attended a gala performance by the company at Leeds Grand Theatre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exhibit's grand finale was a gala auction of the winning doghouses that raised money for the SPCA and the museum.’
    • ‘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 ceremony began with the award gala dinner and was a huge international occasion.’
    • ‘Pupils staged a gala performance of dance, poems, songs and gymnastics in her honour.’
    • ‘A young virtuoso pianist from Sligo was the star of a gala concert performance held in Dublin on December 11.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'll also join other centenary celebrations including a gala dinner on November 23.’
    • ‘The two stars, who will be special guests at the gala, will perform individually and in tandem.’
    • ‘She was presented with her award at a gala dinner and gathering in the Burlington Hotel last week.’
    • ‘Each teacher choreographed a short work for the gala performance.’
    • ‘This price includes a buffet breakfast, the use the hotel's conference facilities, lunch, a gala dinner and a floor show.’
    • ‘Spirits, wide awake and alert, were quite certain it was a gala occasion.’
    • ‘In return patrons receive two complimentary tickets for the gala performance on February 4 and are invited to the pre-gala reception.’
    • ‘This will follow a gala performance in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in May.’
    • ‘Over €16m was raised from the charity auction at the gala dinner, which was attended by over 1,200 people.’
    • ‘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 height of the festival was the gala performance, which kept the audience's attention for the full four and one-half hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    fete, gala day, fair, feast, festival, carnival, pageant, jubilee, jamboree, party, garden party, celebration
    festive, celebratory, merry, joyous, joyful
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Origin

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

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