: an open space surrounded by woods
glady 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 cat roads in the Selkirk Mountains climb 8,300 feet, accessing everything from mellow glades and steep chutes to wide open alpine bowls. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Mar. 2023 That could mean a stand of pines, a glade near a creek, or anywhere moss grows, which usually indicates the right balance of shade and moisture. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 May 2024 Some skis are a one quiver solution ideal for the intermediate or expert who loves skiing the entire mountain, from groomers to powder to glades. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 30 Nov. 2023 Located about a four-hour drive from Boston, more than 1,360 skiable acres await at this Maine resort, with 176 trails and glades, 54 percent of which are perfect for beginner and intermediate skill levels. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Likewise, the double-black diamond glades and chutes off of Highland’s High Temerity lift (definition: recklessly bold) is an Alpine adrenaline-seeker’s dream… although should only be undertaken by those sure in their skiing abilities. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2024 For lunch, in a green glade at the foot of red-rock cliffs, Battista and I were joined by his son, Judah. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Together, the ample snow and glades make for an experience that feels more like a day spent off-piste than one spent at a cookie-cutter resort. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2023 The project will increase the mountain’s skiable terrain by some 20 percent, adding more than a dozen new chutes, glades, and trails for intermediate and expert skiers. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History


perhaps from glad entry 1

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glade was in 1529

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“Glade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a grassy open space in a forest

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