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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 ?
It was very soon discovered that whoever cast an indignity on Topsy was sure to meet with some inconvenient accident shortly after;--either a pair of ear-rings or some cherished trinket would be missing, or an article of dress would be suddenly found utterly ruined, or the person would stumble accidently into a pail of hot water, or a libation of dirty slop would unaccountably deluge them from above when in full gala dress;-and on all these occasions, when investigation was made, there was nobody found to stand sponsor for the indignity.
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.
Debienne and Poligny, the managers of the Opera, were giving a last gala performance to mark their retirement.
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.
Wednesdays were gala days: the assembly was numerous; guests and visitors appeared in fiocchi; some women brought their sewing, knitting, or worsted work; the young girls were not ashamed to make patterns for the Alencon point lace, with the proceeds of which they paid for their personal expenses.
For a week after, the children were playing nothing but Red Riding Hood on the Heath and in every alley in the place until this `bloofer lady' scare came along, since then it has been quite a gala time with them.
He had been known, in the circle of the Musketeers, to win in one night three thousand pistoles; to lose them even to the gold-embroidered belt for gala days, win all this again with the addition of a hundred louis, without his beautiful eyebrow being heightened or lowered half a line, without his hands losing their pearly hue, without his conversation, which was cheerful that evening, ceasing to be calm and agreeable.
You must not look for any dancing or festivity or entertainment of guests, for our gala times are still in the air.
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.
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.
On the morning of the wedding, he paced the salon in his gala attire and kept repeating to himself with an air of great gravity and importance: " Mlle.