gala

[ gey-luh, gal-uh; especially British gah-luh ]SEE DEFINITION OF gala
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GALA

In 1856 the gala days of this half-caste people were quite over.

Some gent comes trackin' up intent on drinks, an' feelin' gala.

It was a gala night and the theatre was hung with flags and brilliantly illuminated.

We knowe that a man is not iustified 70 by the dedes of the lawe / Gala.

It was the last time in many a day when Manila would be in gala.

But a wedding was an excuse for a gala party at which the couple were the center of attention.

Our set are having a gala night of it, and must be musical as the frogs of Beauport by this hour!

The chapel, which wore a gala air with its lights and flowers, was filled with people.

They were many in number, twenty perhaps, and they were in gala dress.

At church or theatre, gala or picture-gallery, HIS face never varies.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "festive dress or attire," from French en gala, perhaps from Old French gale "merriment," from galer "rejoice, make merry" (see gallant). Klein suggests the French word is from Italian gala (as in phrase vestito di gala "robe of state"), perhaps from Arabic khil'a "fine garment given as a presentation." Sense of "festive occasion" (characterized by display of finery) first recorded 1777.

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