\ ˈglē How to pronounce glee (audio) \

Definition of glee

1 : exultant high-spirited joy : merriment dancing with glee
2 : a part-song for usually male voices

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Examples of glee in a Sentence

They were dancing with glee. He could hardly contain his glee over his victory.

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Loch Bar patrons, Smith said, are gobbling up oysters, lobsters and other raw bar selections with unbridled glee. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ouzo Bay brings seafood thrills to River Oaks," 12 July 2019 People responded, taking to Twitter using #NotMyAriel to express their anger or glee. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "#NotMyAriel: Fans debate Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' casting choice," 4 July 2019 And Americans got a preview of what the next 10 months will be like, comedically speaking, as the Democrats try to winnow their field down to that one glee clubber who can actually sing and dance at the same time. Steve Johnson,, "Late-night TV confronts a tough question: Are Democratic candidates funny?," 28 June 2019 There's a little more of Hobbs' mother (played by Lori Pelenise Tuisano), too, who reacts with glee to her son's plan to stop Brixton, Idris Elba's evil villain. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "New Hobbs and Shaw trailer stars a McLaren 720S and Hobbs’ mom," 28 June 2019 Finding the outfield more to her liking, the blindfolded Mia darted with glee toward the sound of ball beeps in her zone. Sara Cardine,, "Blind, sighted lovers of America’s pastime take a swing at beep baseball," 13 June 2019 The land is sensorially glee-making in the way that Star Wars is supposed to be. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 This was an age of clubs, when men met in inns, coffeehouses, and homes, sharing interests ranging from scientific experiments to glee singing—and drink, which played an important part in the Club’s weekly meetings. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "Big Talkers," 23 May 2019 The four of them had dinner together on the ship, to the hysterical glee of the tabloids, and Elizabeth and Richard were welcome… from that night on. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Debbie Reynolds 'never really stopped loving' Elizabeth Taylor despite shocking love triangle, says Todd Fisher," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of glee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glee

Middle English, from Old English glēo entertainment, music; akin to Old Norse glȳ joy, and perhaps to Greek chleuē joke

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English Language Learners Definition of glee

: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction


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Kids Definition of glee

: great joy : delight

Other Words from glee

gleeful adjective
gleefully adverb

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