What does the word gala mean?

Usage examples for gala

  1. Ahead, across the divide, a long, gently sloping hollow opened up where Gala Water wound among the fields and woods. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  2. These things are all very well for the house that has a small dining- room and a gala dining- room for formal occasions as well, but there are few such houses. – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe
  3. We had luncheon at the brigade headquarters, and it was made a gala occasion. – The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me by William Allen White