- festive; festal; showy: Her birthday parties were always gala occasions.
- a festive occasion; celebration; special entertainment: a gala featuring opera stars in their most famous scenes.
- festal pomp or dress.
Origin of gala
Examples from the Web for gala
And with the variety we have at the gala — Thom Browne, Sarah Burton, Carolina Herrera — those are three very different worlds.How High Fashion Saved the Ballet
October 13, 2014
The only YouTube videos of her are paparazzi-style entrances and exits at gala events and business meetings.Could Silvio Berlusconi’s Daughter Take Over Italy, Too?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 10, 2014
Wylie and I speak at the Figure Skating in Harlem gala on April 7, an annual event that raises money for the nonprofit.Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Chases Gold in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
April 17, 2014
Some of the biggest names in corporate America were celebrated at the gala event, including AT&T, Viacom, Nike, and Boeing.The Arbitrary Way Companies Are Labeled 'Anti-Gay'
April 12, 2014
Dinner at the American Jewish Congress gala at Cipriani in midtown Manhattan was a thick slice of brisket covered in gravy.Hillary Woos the Jews
March 20, 2014
In 1856 the gala days of this half-caste people were quite over.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Some gent comes trackin' up intent on drinks, an' feelin' gala.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
It was a gala night and the theatre was hung with flags and brilliantly illuminated.Olive in Italy
We knowe that a man is not iustified 70 by the dedes of the lawe / Gala.
It was the last time in many a day when Manila would be in gala.Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate
Charles M. Skinner
- a celebration; festive occasion
- (as modifier)a gala occasion
- mainly British a sporting occasion involving competitions in several eventsa swimming gala
Word Origin and History for gala
1620s, "festive dress or attire," from French en gala, perhaps from Old French gale "merriment," from galer "rejoice, make merry" (see gallant). Klein suggests the French word is from Italian gala (as in phrase vestito di gala "robe of state"), perhaps from Arabic khil'a "fine garment given as a presentation." Sense of "festive occasion" (characterized by display of finery) first recorded 1777.