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Origin of galleria

1900–05; < Italian. See gallery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for galleria

Historical Examples of galleria

  • Why should not you and Vere come to dine at the Hotel, or in the Galleria, with me?

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Always at night, and often in the afternoon, she walked in the Galleria.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He steals into the Galleria at night to meet Maria Fortunata!

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • I shall drive up to the Galleria di Sopra, and you must follow me there.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • As soon as it is over I go out for a walk and stroll up and down the Galleria.

    Giacomo Puccini

    Wakeling Dry

British Dictionary definitions for galleria


  1. a central court through several storeys of a shopping centre or department store onto which shops or departments open at each level

Word Origin for galleria

C20: from Italian; see gallery
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Word Origin and History for galleria

Italian form of gallery.

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