adjective glo·ri·ous \ˈglr-ē-əs\

: having or deserving glory, fame, or honor

: very beautiful or delightful

Full Definition of GLORIOUS

a :  possessing or deserving glory :  illustrious
b :  entitling one to glory <a glorious victory>
:  marked by great beauty or splendor :  magnificent <a glorious sunset>
:  delightful, wonderful <had a glorious weekend>
glo·ri·ous·ly adverb
glo·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of GLORIOUS

  1. He had a long and glorious military career.
  2. The old ruins give only a hint of the city's glorious past.
  3. The government has described the battle as a glorious victory.
  4. Our room had a glorious view of the mountains.

Origin of GLORIOUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French glorios, from Latin gloriosus glorious, vainglorious, from gloria
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of GLORIOUS

splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary <the wedding was a splendid occasion>. resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor <resplendent in her jewelry>. gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color <a gorgeous red dress>. glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction <a glorious sunset>. sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension <a vision of sublime beauty>. superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree <her singing was superb>.

Rhymes with GLORIOUS

GLORIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective glo·ri·ous \ˈglr-ē-əs\

Definition of GLORIOUS for Kids

:  having or deserving praise or admiration <glorious deeds>
:  having great beauty or splendor <glorious music>
:  delightful <glorious weather>
glo·ri·ous·ly adverb


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