American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A festive occasion, especially a lavish social event or entertainment.
- n. Chiefly British An athletic competition, especially a swimming contest.
- adj. Marked by lavish or festive celebration: a gala ball after the inaugural ceremony.
- adj. Characterized by sumptuous social pleasure: the gala life of the very rich.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Festivity; festive show.
- n. A textile fabric made in Scotland.
- n. Festal attire; one's best clothes: as, to be in gala.
- adj. Celebratory; festive.
- n. uncountable Pomp, show, or festivity.
- n. countable A showy and festive party.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Pomp, show, or festivity.
- n. a gay festivity
- Italian and French, both ultimately from Old French gale, rejoicing, from galer, to make merry; see gallant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In addition to honoring student work, the College Television Awards gala is an opportunity for this talented group of students, and soon-to-be industry professionals, to meet and network with high-level Hollywood decision-makers.”
“Its next U.S. gala is scheduled for June on the Mall.”
“Another fundraising gala is scheduled for September.”
“Sen. Frist's promise of not accepting money from lobbyists attending the World of Hope gala is virtually useless, as representatives from corporations do not have to be official lobbyists to be able to donate to a nonprofit such as Frist's.”
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