\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Definition of glade

: an open space surrounded by woods

Other Words from glade

glady \ ˈglā-​dē How to pronounce glade (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 In 2020, Brents said, about 50% of all burns open glade and savanna-type landscapes, which created valuable early successional habitat. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 27 May 2021 The woodsy walk along a stone wall leads inevitably to ‶Mending Wall,″ the bridge across a small stream to ‶Hyla Brook″ where the family used to picnic in a brookside glade. David Lyon,, 28 Jan. 2021 Set in an open glade atop the peak for which it's named, LeConte Lodge puts the awe in awesome with what may be the ultimate Smokies view—commanding vistas of over 100 miles on a clear day. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021 Braintree Mountain Forest is one of Vermont’s best glade zones. David Goodman,, 14 Jan. 2021 Almost immediately, 600 yards away, a large bull strolled out of a spruce glade. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 Idaho’s Sun Valley opens an additional 380 acres of north-facing glade and bowl terrain. Irwin Curtin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 Enclosed within that ring, like a glade in a thicket of thorns, were the five unsuspecting years of my earliest childhood, before my mother got sick. Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, 25 Aug. 2020 This includes a hiking trail— approximately 2 miles — that guides guests through the vineyard, skirts a bluff, ambles past more oak trees and delivers them to a glade and beach along the north bank of the Mokelumne River. Mike Dunne,, 15 June 2020

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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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“Glade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest


\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Kids Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest

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