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gala

noun [C] uk   /ˈɡɑː.lə/ us    /ˈɡeɪ-/

gala noun [C] (CELEBRATION)

a special public occasion at which there is a lot of entertainment, usually in the form of different types of performances: There will be many stars performing in the Royal Ballet's Gala Night, held in aid of children's charities.

gala noun [C] (SPORTS EVENT)

UK a sports competition, especially in swimming: a swimming gala
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