glass ceiling

noun

Definition of glass ceiling

:an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions

First Known Use of glass ceiling

1984


GLASS CEILING Defined for English Language Learners

glass ceiling

noun

Definition of glass ceiling for English Language Learners

  • : an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs


Learn More about glass ceiling


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up glass ceiling? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

money or riches

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!