gallery

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

noun, plural gal·ler·ies.

Idioms

    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 forms

gal·ler·ied, adjectivegal·ler·y·like, adjectiveun·gal·ler·ied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gallery

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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Idioms and Phrases with gallery

gallery

see play to the gallery; rogues' gallery.


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