Definition of gala noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːlə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡeɪlə//
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  1. 1a special public celebration or entertainment a charity gala a gala dinner/night a gala performance
  2. 2(British English) a sports competition, especially in swimming a swimming gala See related entries: Swimming
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘showy dress’): via Italian and Spanish from Old French gale ‘rejoicing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gala

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