noun

  • A gallery or dome with acoustic properties such that a faint sound may be heard around its entire circumference.

    • ‘I'd not been there in years, and back then I only made it as far as the whispering gallery.’
    • ‘On a quieter day I could have whispered to someone positioned diametrically opposite me thirty yards across the room - whispering galleries best reflect sounds of higher wavelengths - but with so many people there was no definition.’
    • ‘The dome boasts a famous whispering gallery and Perry - one of the greatest sound magicians of the modern recording studio - had been checking out the natural 300-year-old acoustic marvel of Sir Christopher Wren.’
    • ‘Of course many Western cathedrals also have a whispering gallery, a simple and satisfying trick to impress the faithful’

Pronunciation

whispering gallery

/ˈ(h)wisp(ə)riNG ˈɡal(ə)rē/