noun, plural gal·ler·ies.
Origin of gallery
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Historical Examples of galleried
What its galleried courtyard was like let this sketch record.The Bath Road
Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
The galleried inn-yards, and among them that at which the Pilgrims sojourned on their road to Canterbury, are among them.
From these marble memorials of the dead you turn to the galleried pew where, in life, those they commemorate were wont to worship.Historic Sites of Lancashire and Cheshire
The hall was galleried to the top; and, lo, the entrance door at the top was covered with green baize and brass nails.Real Ghost Stories
William T. Stead
The oriel just this side is whole cloth from Haddon Hall, and the galleried porch next it from a Florentine villa.The Celebrity, Complete
noun plural -leries
- a balcony running along or around the inside wall of a church, hall, etc
- a covered balcony, sometimes with columns on the outside
- an upper floor that projects from the rear over the main floor and contains the cheapest seats
- the seats there
- the audience seated there
Word Origin for gallery
c.1500, from Middle French galerie "a long portico" (14c.), from Medieval Latin galeria, of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of galilea "church porch," which is probably from Latin Galilaea "Galilee," the northernmost region of Palestine (see Galilee); church porches sometimes were so called from being at the far end of the church.
Super altare Beatæ Mariæ in occidentali porte ejusdem ecclesiæ quæ Galilæ a vocatur. [c.1186 charter in "Durham Cathedral"]
Sense of "building to house art" first recorded 1590s; that of "people who occupy a (theater) gallery" (contrasted with "gentlemen of the pit") first by Lovelace, 1640s, hence to play to the gallery (1867).
see play to the gallery; rogues' gallery.