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Ga·la

 (gā′lə, găl′ə, gä′lə)
n.
A variety of apple with crisp fruit that has yellow skin streaked with red.

ga·la

 (gā′lə, găl′ə, gä′lə)
n.
1. A festive occasion, especially a lavish social event or entertainment.
2. Chiefly British An athletic competition, especially a swimming contest.
adj.
1. Marked by lavish or festive celebration: a gala ball after the inaugural ceremony.
2. Characterized by sumptuous social pleasure: the gala life of the very rich.

[Italian and French, both ultimately from Old French gale, rejoicing, from galer, to make merry; see gallant.]

gala

(ˈɡɑːlə; ˈɡeɪlə)
n
1.
a. a celebration; festive occasion
b. (as modifier): a gala occasion.
2. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) chiefly Brit a sporting occasion involving competitions in several events: a swimming gala.
[C17: from French or Italian, from Old French gale pleasure, from Old French galer to make merry, probably of Germanic origin; compare gallant]

ga•la

(ˈgeɪ lə, ˈgæl ə; esp. Brit. ˈgɑ lə)

adj.
1. marking or befitting a special occasion; festive: a gala affair.
n.
2. a festive celebration, often involving public entertainment.
[1615–25; < French < Italian < Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gala - a gay festivitygala - a gay festivity      
festivity, celebration - any joyous diversion

gala

noun
1. festival, party, fête, celebration, carnival, festivity, pageant, jamboree a gala at the Royal Opera House
adjective
1. festive, merry, joyous, joyful, celebratory, convivial, gay, festal I want to make her birthday a gala occasion.

gala

noun
A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
adjective
Marked by festal celebration:
Translations
إحْتِفالمِهْرَجان
slavnostutkánízávody
idrætsstævneudendørsfest
gála
hátíîkeppni, kappleikur
sporta sacīkstessvētkisvinības
spoločenská udalosť

gala

[ˈgɑːlə]
A. N (= festive occasion) → fiesta f (Sport) → festival m
swimming galafestival m de natación
B. CPD gala day Ndía m de gala
gala performance Nfunción f de gala

gala

[ˈgɑːlə]
ngala m swimming gala
modif [evening, performance] → de gala

gala

n (= festive occasion)großes Fest; (Theat, Film: = ball) → Galaveranstaltung f; swimming/sports galagroßes Schwimm-/Sportfest; opening/closing galaEröffnungs-/Abschlussveranstaltung f

gala

[ˈgɑːlə] n (festive occasion) → festa; (important) → gran galà m inv
swimming gala → manifestazione f di nuoto

gala

(ˈgaːlə) , (ˈgeilə; (American) ˈgeilə) noun
1. an occasion of entertainment and enjoyment out of doors. a children's gala.
2. a meeting for certain sports. a swimming gala.
References in classic literature ?
You must not look for any dancing or festivity or entertainment of guests, for our gala times are still in the air.
Friday afternoon was always the time chosen for dialogues, songs, and recitations, but it cannot be stated that it was a gala day in any true sense of the word.
The encamisados were all timid folk and unarmed, so they speedily made their escape from the fray and set off at a run across the plain with their lighted torches, looking exactly like maskers running on some gala or festival night.
I see nothing but faces a yard broad; in short, it seems to me that nature herself wears a holiday garb, and that the trees, instead of leaves and flowers, are covered with red and green ribbons as on gala days.
It might be palace without, but it was wigwam within; so that, between the stateliness of his mansion and the squalidness of his furniture, the gallant White Plume presented some such whimsical incongruity as we see in the gala equipments of an Indian chief on a treaty-making embassy at Washington, who has been generously decked out in cocked hat and military coat, in contrast to his breech-clout and leathern legging; being grand officer at top, and ragged Indian at bottom.
In the gala costume of the tasteful Marheyo, these calf-skin pendants ever after formed the most striking feature.
Well, out of consideration for you, it shall be a gala day for him; he shall have some biscuits and preserves with this small bottle of port.
But most vivid of all, Saxon saw the fight at Little Meadow--and Daisy, dressed as for a gala day, in white, a ribbon sash about her waist, ribbons and a round-comb in her hair, in her hands small water-pails, step forth into the sunshine on the flower-grown open ground from the wagon circle, wheels interlocked, where the wounded screamed their delirium and babbled of flowing fountains, and go on, through the sunshine and the wonder-inhibition of the bullet-dealing Indians, a hundred yards to the waterhole and back again.
Debienne and Poligny, the managers of the Opera, were giving a last gala performance to mark their retirement.
But the lace must be kept for my gala dress, and it was hoped that it would bring at least its original cost when properly bestowed as an ornament on a fabric of my quality.
The Arickaras generally go naked, but, like all savages, they have their gala dress, of which they are not a little vain.