- 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)
transitive verb-·ler·ied, -·lery·ing
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