\ 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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This grand narrative background lends breathtaking excitement even to an image of the blue-skinned king relaxing in a forest glade. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’; Beck Takes the Stage in Queens," 10 Aug. 2019 Across the glade a chorus of bleats drifts from a crumbling hut, shaped from thatch and earth. The Economist, "Housing microfinance can help poor people build better homes," 18 July 2019 Soon it’s over the sea to Skye, the largest and northernmost island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, an otherworldly realm of jagged peaks, misty forest glades, and sweeping beaches. Sarah Christensen, National Geographic, "Scotland: Land of Legends," 31 May 2019 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

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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


\ ˈglād How to pronounce glade (audio) \

Kids Definition of glade

: a grassy open space in a forest

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