\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Definition of glade

: an open space surrounded by woods

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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.

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Nearby a young male moose lounged in a riverbank glade and a Pronghorn antelope sprinted across fallow farmland once plied by early and unsuccessful Mormon farmers. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 Visitors flock to Minoh from nearby Osaka to hike in its famous park, with its picture-postcard Japanese bridge in a wooded glade below a waterfall. Yoshiaki Nohara,, "In One of the World’s Richest Countries, Most Single Mothers Live in Poverty," 24 June 2018 The gorge unfurled through tunnels of forest and dog rose, opening onto russet glades of wildflowers throbbing with bees. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 Gauzy American landscapes — a red-rock desert, a rainbowed glade — are threaded with a dashed red line that tracks the snails’ progress. Julia Turner, New York Times, "A New Technology Age: When the Technology Is Books, and the Age Is 3 to 7," 18 May 2018 Ranging across most of continental North America, this species prefers dry to medium moist soils and naturally occurs in prairies, glades, old fields, and roadsides. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017 From the main entrance near Broad and Noble Streets, the trail switchbacks past urban glades, clusters of benches, reimagined steel catenaries, and a public art sculpture that resembles (much too literally) a telephone pole. Inga Saffron,, "The first piece of the Reading Viaduct rail park opens in June. Then what?," 19 Apr. 2018 Tucked into a high valley 20 minutes from Banff, Sunshine is vast and open, more like the Alps than Canada, with long on- and off-piste runs above tree line spanning three separate peaks, including double-black glades on Goat’s Eye Mountain. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Banff's Top Family Adventures," 11 Apr. 2018 The Leaf is quick off the line, stable in corners (the low-slung batteries) and quiet, humming like the proverbial bee-loud glade. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Nissan Leaf: A Worthy Electric Rival for the Chevy Bolt?," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest


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Kids Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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