\ˈglē \

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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She is not known to show anger in public, and the only times most people have seen her show unbridled glee is when one of her racehorses performs extremely well in a competition., "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 Walker moved smoothly between handling his serious obligations and flashing child-like glee. Ben Golliver,, "From Dolphin Ethics to Moon Landings, Lonnie Walker IV Unloads Scorching Takes," 21 June 2018 Post Malone’s glee was unmistakable: Who’s winning now, suckers? Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Post Malone brings unlikely stardom, hits to Sterling Heights," 30 May 2018 In the winner’s circle, Power could not contain his glee. Washington Post, "Will Power wins Indy 500, No. 17 for car owner Roger Penske," 29 May 2018 Why was such an otherwise innocuous hit met with such glee? Rob Manker, Naperville Sun, "Manker: Lessons learned on ballfield sometimes bring winning and losing into perspective," 5 July 2018 The sequence’s style, energy and Kim’s coiled glee save it from tipping into overkill. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion' ('Manyeo'): Film Review," 27 June 2018 The response to this news has been predictably mixed, with the anti-TER contingent full of gloating glee, while those relying on it for business have promoted work-arounds and struggled with what to do next. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 In his way, of course, Nemo is a narwhal, a stature that Bandealy embraces with a real glee. Chris Jones,, "A real Lookingglass summer adventure in '20,000 Leagues Under the Seas'," 4 June 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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