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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgæləri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈgæləri, ˈgælri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(galə rē, galrē)


Inflections of 'gallery' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": galleries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
gal•ler•y /ˈgæləri, ˈgælri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ler•ies. 
  1. Architecturea raised area, often having a sloping floor, in a theater, church, or other public building, used as a place for spectators, exhibits, etc.
  2. Architecture, Show Businessthe uppermost of such areas in a theater, usually containing the cheapest seats.
  3. Show Businessthe persons sitting in such an area in a theater:a shout from the gallery.
  4. any group of spectators or observers, as at a golf match or a legislative session.
  5. Architecturea room, series of rooms, or building for the showing and often the sale of works of art.
  6. a collection or group:a gallery of misfits.
  7. Architecturea long covered area, narrow and open at one or both sides, used esp. as a walkway or corridor.
  8. Architecturea large room or building used for a special purpose:a shooting gallery.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsplay to the gallery, to act in a manner intended to impress the general public.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gal•ler•y  (galə rē, galrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ler•ies. 
  1. Architecturea raised area, often having a stepped or sloping floor, in a theater, church, or other public building to accommodate spectators, exhibits, etc.
  2. Architecture, Show Businessthe uppermost of such areas in a theater, usually containing the cheapest seats.
  3. Show Businessthe occupants of such an area in a theater.
  4. the general public, esp. when regarded as having popular or uncultivated tastes.
  5. any group of spectators or observers, as at a golf match, a Congressional session, etc.
  6. Architecturea room, series of rooms, or building devoted to the exhibition and often the sale of works of art.
  7. Architecturea long covered area, narrow and open at one or both sides, used esp. as a walk or corridor.
  8. Architecture, Dialect Terms[Chiefly South Atlantic States.]a long porch or portico;
    veranda.
  9. Architecturea long, relatively narrow room, esp. one for public use.
  10. Architecturea corridor, esp. one having architectural importance through its scale or decorative treatment.
  11. Architecturea raised, balconylike platform or passageway running along the exterior wall of a building inside or outside.
  12. Architecturea large room or building used for photography, target practice, or other special purposes:a shooting gallery.
  13. Fine Arta collection of art for exhibition.
  14. Show Business[Theat.]a narrow, raised platform located beyond the acting area, used by stagehands or technicians to stand on when working.
  15. Nautical, Naval Termsa projecting balcony or structure on the quarter or stern of a vessel.
  16. Furniturean ornamental railing or cresting surrounding the top of a table, stand, desk, etc.
  17. Mininga level or drift.
  18. Civil Engineering, a small tunnel in a dam, mine, or rock, for various purposes, as inspection or drainage.
  19. a passageway made by an animal.
  20. [Fort. Obs.]an underground or covered passage to another part of a fortified position.
  21. Idiomsplay 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.
galler•ied, adj. 
galler•y•like′, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin galeria, by dissimilation or suffix replacement from galilea, galilæa galilee
  • Old French galerie
  • late Middle English 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gallery /ˈɡælərɪ/ n ( pl -leries)
  1. a room or building for exhibiting works of art
  2. a covered passageway open on one side or on both sides
  3. a balcony running along or around the inside wall of a church, hall, etc
  4. a covered balcony, sometimes with columns on the outside
  5. an upper floor that projects from the rear over the main floor and contains the cheapest seats
  6. the seats there
  7. the audience seated there
  8. a long narrow room, esp one used for a specific purpose: a shooting gallery
  9. chiefly US a building or room where articles are sold at auction
  10. an underground passage, as in a mine, the burrow of an animal, etc
  11. a narrow raised platform at the side or along the back of the stage for the use of technicians and stagehands
  12. (in a TV studio) a glass-fronted soundproof room high up to one side of the studio looking into it. One gallery is used by the director and an assistant and one is for lighting, etc
  13. a balcony or platform at the quarter or stern of a ship, sometimes used as a gun emplacement
  14. a small ornamental metal or wooden balustrade or railing on a piece of furniture, esp one surrounding the top of a desk, table, etc
  15. any group of spectators, as at a golf match
  16. play to the galleryto try to gain popular favour, esp by crude appeals
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French galerie, from Medieval Latin galeria, probably from galilea galilee, a porch or chapel at entrance to medieval church
'gallery' also found in these entries:
Collocations: a gallery viewer, a gallery [curator, show, exhibition], have a gallery [show, exhibition] in [a week], more...

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