[ gal-uh-ree, gal-ree ]
/ ˈgæl ə ri, ˈgæl ri /

noun, plural gal·ler·ies.

Nearby words

  1. gallegos, rómulo,
  2. galleon,
  3. galleria,
  4. galleried,
  5. gallerist,
  6. gallery forest,
  7. gallery tray,
  8. gallery wire,
  9. gallerygoer,
  10. galleryite


    play to the gallery, to attempt to appeal to the popular taste, as opposed to a more refined or esoteric taste: Movies, though still playing mainly to the gallery, have taken their place as a significant art form.

Origin of gallery

1400–50; late Middle English < Old French galerie < Medieval Latin galeria, by dissimilation or suffix replacement from galilea, galilæa galilee

Related formsgal·ler·ied, adjectivegal·ler·y·like, adjectiveun·gal·ler·ied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gallery


/ (ˈɡælərɪ) /

noun plural -leries

Word Origin for gallery

C15: from Old French galerie, from Medieval Latin galeria, probably from galilea galilee, a porch or chapel at entrance to medieval church

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Word Origin and History for gallery


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with gallery


see play to the gallery; rogues' gallery.

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