gallery[gal′ər ē; often gal′rē]
- The definition of a gallery is a place where works of art are displayed, or a covered walkway.
- An example of a gallery is a space where local artists show their work.
- An example of a gallery is a covered path between two buildings.
Pictures in an art gallery.
- a covered walk open at one side or having the roof supported by pillars; colonnade
- Chiefly South a veranda or porch
- a long, narrow balcony on the outside of a building
- a platform projecting at either quarter or around the stern of an early sailing ship
- a platform or projecting upper floor attached to the back wall or sides of a church, theater, etc.; esp., the highest of a series of such platforms in a theater, with the cheapest seats
- the cheapest seats in a theater
- the people occupying these seats, sometimes regarded as exemplifying popular tastes
- the spectators at a sporting event, legislative meeting, etc.
- a long, narrow corridor or room
- a place or establishment for exhibiting or dealing in artworks
- any of the display rooms of a museum
- a collection of paintings, statues, etc.
- ☆ a room or establishment used as a photographer's studio, for practice in shooting at targets, etc.
- an underground passage, as one made by an animal, or one used in mining or military engineering
- a low railing of wood or metal around the edge of a table, shelf, etc.
Origin of galleryMiddle English ; from Old French galerie, gallerie, long portico, gallery ; from Medieval Latin galeria, probably ; from galilaea: see galilee (porch)
play to the gallery
- Theater to act in a manner intended to please those in the gallery
- to try to win the approval of the public, esp. in an obvious or showy way
- A roofed promenade, especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported by arches or columns on the outer side.
- A long enclosed passage, such as a hallway or corridor.
- a. A narrow balcony, usually having a railing or balustrade, along the outside of a building.b. A projecting or recessed passageway along an upper story on the interior or exterior of a large building, generally marked by a colonnade or arcade.c. Such a passageway situated over the aisle of a church and opening onto the nave. Also called tribune2.
- Southwestern Gulf States See veranda.
- a. An upper section, often with a sloping floor, projecting from the rear or side walls of a theater or an auditorium to provide additional seating.b. The seats in such a section, usually cheaper than those on the main floor.c. The cheapest seats in a theater, generally those of the uppermost gallery.d. The audience occupying a gallery or cheap section of a theater.
- A large audience or group of spectators, as at a tennis or golf match.
- The general public, usually considered as exemplifying a lack of discrimination or sophistication: accused the administration of playing to the gallery on the defense issue.
- a. A building, room, or website for the exhibition of artistic work.b. An establishment that displays and sells works of art.c. A photographer's studio.
- A collection; an assortment: The trial featured a gallery of famous and flamboyant witnesses.
- a. An underground tunnel or passageway, as in a cave or one dug for military or mining purposes.b. A tunnel or series of tunnels made by an animal.
- Nautical A platform or balcony at the stern or quarters of some early sailing ships.
- A decorative upright trimming or molding along the edge of a table top, tray, or shelf.
Origin of galleryMiddle English galerie, from Old French, from Old North French galilee, galilee; see galilee.
- An institution, building, or room for the exhibition and conservation of works of art.
- An establishment that buys, sells, and displays works of art.
- Uppermost seating area projecting from the rear or side walls of a theater, concert hall, or auditorium.
- A roofed promenade, especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported by arches or columns on the outer side
- as a whole, the spectators of an event.
From Old French galerie, gallerie (“a long portico, a gallery”), from Medieval Latin galeria (“gallery”), perhaps an alteration of galilea "church porch," probably from Latin Galilaea, Galilee, region of Palestine. More at Galilee.