What does the word gala mean?

Usage examples for gala

  1. 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
  2. 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