glade

noun
\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Definition of glade

: an open space surrounded by woods

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Other Words from glade

glady \ ˈglā-​dē How to pronounce glady (audio) \ adjective

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We know that glade has been with us since at least the early 1500s, though the word's origins remain a bit of a mystery. Glade, which originally was often used not just to indicate a clearing in the woods but one which was also filled with sunlight, may come from the adjective glad. In Middle English, glad also meant "shining," a meaning that goes back to the word's Old English ancestor, glæd. Glæd is akin to Old High German glat ("shining, smooth") and Old Norse glathr ("sunny"). It may also be a relative of Old English geolu, the ancestor of the modern English word yellow.

Examples of glade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The natural world features in the film, both the nourishment of its beauty—a wooded glade behind the front line, a lone tree on a rolling plain—and in its defilement by trenches and craters. Karl Vick, Time, "Sam Mendes on Taking World War I Out of the Trenches and Into the Theater in 1917," 3 Dec. 2019 The new runs, rated double-black diamond, will include tree skiing and glades. John Meyer, The Know, "From a new lift to added terrain, here’s what’s new at Colorado ski areas this season," 20 Nov. 2019 The thwok! of booming drives echoes through the glades as girls pushing golf carts stop to peer through range-finders, like explorers sighting a distant shore. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "In Our Midst: Ridgefield teen Alexsandra Lapple is a phenom of the fairways," 19 Sep. 2019 Plans for the $5 million glade, designed by memorial plaza architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker, were ultimately announced in 2017. Washington Post, "At 9/11 memorial, new recognition for a longer-term toll," 9 Sep. 2019 The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring. Washington Post, "18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11," 13 Sep. 2019 The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — People who were too young on 9/11 to remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and a solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on US soil.," 12 Sep. 2019 The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring. Washington Post, "18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11," 13 Sep. 2019 The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring. Washington Post, "18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of glade

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glade

perhaps from glad entry 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Glade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glade. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for glade

glade

noun
How to pronounce glade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest

glade

noun
\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Kids Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest

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