noun glo·ry \ˈglr-ē\

: public praise, honor, and fame

: praise of a god or goddess

: something that brings praise or fame to someone or something : something that is a source of great pride

plural glories

Full Definition of GLORY

a :  praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent :  renown
b :  worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving <giving glory to God>
a :  something that secures praise or renown <the glory of a brilliant career>
b :  a distinguished quality or asset
a (1) :  great beauty and splendor :  magnificence <the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome — E. A. Poe> (2) :  something marked by beauty or resplendence <a perfect glory of a day>
b :  the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven; broadly :  eternity
a :  a state of great gratification or exaltation <when she's acting she's in her glory>
b :  a height of prosperity or achievement
:  a ring or spot of light: as
a :  aureole
b :  a halo appearing around the shadow of an object

Examples of GLORY

  1. As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory.
  2. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career.
  3. Let us give glory to God.
  4. The glory of the town is its fountain.
  5. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations
  6. The new owners are trying to restore the company to its former glory.
  7. The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire.

Origin of GLORY

Middle English glorie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin gloria
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of GLORY

intransitive verb
:  to rejoice proudly —used with in

Examples of GLORY

  1. <the whole city gloried in the home team's winning of the World Series>

First Known Use of GLORY

14th century



Definition of GLORY

—used to express surprise or delight

Variants of GLORY

glory or glory be

Examples of GLORY

  1. <glory! I thought I'd never see this day come>

First Known Use of GLORY


Related to GLORY

hooray (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee


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