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.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nicholas McCarvel|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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'|Emily Shire|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dinner at the American Jewish Congress gala at Cipriani in midtown Manhattan was a thick slice of brisket covered in gravy.
Ourdays always wound up with an extra good dinner, and a touch of gala costume in honor of the occasion.Marjorie's Busy Days|Carolyn Wells
Last evening there was a gala performance at the Grand Opéra for the blasé Shah.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912|Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
After dinner the men and women appear in their gala dress, and range themselves in two opposite rows.
The "triumph" to which he referred consisted of a procession with allegorical floats and every description of gala costume.Romance of Roman Villas|Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
Never had the city seen such a gala time; the Victory of Peace it was called.A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for gala
- a celebration; festive occasion
- (as modifier)a gala occasion
Word Origin for 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.