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 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, "To Recover Mother," 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, SFChronicle.com, "Heritage Oak is a Lodi winery rooted in adaptation," 15 June 2020 In her early adulthood, Pelton painted nostalgic scenes of Grecian maidens in sylvan glades, two of which appeared in the seminal . Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Agnes Pelton Finally Gets Her Due With a Major New Show at the Whitney," 10 Mar. 2020 The glades have been sapped by canals and dams that remapped the landscape and altered animal habitats, polluted by upstream agricultural areas, transformed by invasive species. Allen G. Breed, The Denver Post, "To save Everglades, guardians fight time — and climate," 3 Dec. 2019 The glades have been sapped by canals and dams that remapped the landscape and altered animal habitats, polluted by upstream agricultural areas, transformed by invasive species. Allen G. Breed, sun-sentinel.com, "To save the Everglades, guardians fight time — and climate," 3 Dec. 2019 But instead of a chairlift, dedicated skin tracks will lead skiers to open meadows and aspen glades. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "The Country's First Backcountry-Only Resort Is Coming," 27 Jan. 2020 That’s in addition to the existing lift-accessible, backcountry-style terrain and technical chutes and glades that are always practically desolate. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 24 Jan. 2020 Situated at treeline, with low-angle glades below and wide-open slopes, Opus has some of the best alpine terrain in the San Juans straight out its back door. Jen Murphy, Sunset Magazine, "Earn Your Burn on a Secret Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Colorado," 13 Jan. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glade. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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