Meaning of gallery

gal•ler•y

Pronunciation: (gal'u-rē, gal'rē), [key]
— pl. -ler•ies.
  1. a raised area, often having a stepped or sloping floor, in a theater, church, or other public building to accommodate spectators, exhibits, etc.
  2. the uppermost of such areas in a theater, usually containing the cheapest seats.
  3. the occupants of such an area in a theater.
  4. the general public, esp. when regarded as having popular or uncultivated tastes.
  5. any group of spectators or observers, as at a golf match, a Congressional session, etc.
  6. a room, series of rooms, or building devoted to the exhibition and often the sale of works of art.
  7. a long covered area, narrow and open at one or both sides, used esp. as a walk or corridor.
  8. a long porch or portico; veranda.
  9. a long, relatively narrow room, esp. one for public use.
  10. a corridor, esp. one having architectural importance through its scale or decorative treatment.
  11. a raised, balconylike platform or passageway running along the exterior wall of a building inside or outside.
  12. a large room or building used for photography, target practice, or other special purposes: a shooting gallery.
  13. a collection of art for exhibition.
  14. a narrow, raised platform located beyond the acting area, used by stagehands or technicians to stand on when working.
  15. a projecting balcony or structure on the quarter or stern of a vessel.
  16. an ornamental railing or cresting surrounding the top of a table, stand, desk, etc.
  17. a level or drift.
  18. a small tunnel in a dam, mine, or rock, for various purposes, as inspection or drainage.
  19. a passageway made by an animal.
  20. an underground or covered passage to another part of a fortified position.
  21. to attempt to appeal to the popular taste, as opposed to a more refined or esoteric taste: Movies, though still playing mainly to the gallery, have taken their place as a significant art form.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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