gaˈla-dress noun
Festive costume for a gala day
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Main Entry:gala

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  • gala dress — festive clothes, clothes worn on festive occasions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gala — 1620s, festive dress or attire, from Fr. en gala, perhaps from O.Fr. gale merriment, from galer rejoice, make merry (see GALLANT (Cf. gallant)). Klein suggests the French word is from It. gala (as in phrase vestido de gala robe of state ),… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gala — [gā′lə, gal′ə, gä′lə] n. [< Fr or It gala < Sp < ? Ar khilá, a royal presentation robe] 1. a festive occasion; festival; celebration 2. a public entertainment adj. festive, or suitable for a festive occasion in gala in festive dress …   English World dictionary

  • gala — ► NOUN 1) a festive entertainment or performance. 2) Brit. a special sports event, especially a swimming competition. ORIGIN originally in the sense «showy dress»: from Old French gale rejoicing …   English terms dictionary

  • gala — /gay leuh, gal euh/; esp. Brit. /gah leuh/, adj. 1. festive; festal; showy: Her birthday parties were always gala occasions. n. 2. a festive occasion; celebration; special entertainment: a gala featuring opera stars in their most famous scenes. 3 …   Universalium

  • gala — [ gα:lə, geɪlə] noun 1》 a festive entertainment or performance. 2》 Brit. a special sports meeting, especially a swimming competition. 3》 (Gala or Royal Gala) a New Zealand dessert apple of a variety with red and yellow skin. Origin C17 (in the… …   English new terms dictionary

  • gala — /ˈgalə / (say gahluh) adjective 1. festive; festal; showy: his visits were always gala occasions. –noun 2. a celebration; festive occasion. 3. festal pomp or dress. {French, from Italian: festal pomp, finery, from Old French gale joy, pleasure,… …  

  • gala — adj 1. festive, festal, festival, holiday, in holiday spirits; merry, joyous, gleeful, mirthful, convivial; gay, sportive, uproarious; diverting, entertaining, amusing, pleasing; spirited, lively, dashing; rollicking, rompish, romping; jovial,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • In full dress — (engl.), in Gala; s. Dress …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • In full dress — (engl.), in vollem Staate, in Gala …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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