\ 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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The source of her glee traces back to Italy’s Piedmont region, in the forests around Alba and neighboring Asti, which yield a major supply of high-end white truffles. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink," 1 Dec. 2018 Enter Jake Gyllenhaal’s Morf Vandewalt (even his name is pretentious), the pompous, obnoxious art critic who has the power to manipulate the art world conversation for his own gain, making and breaking the careers of artists and dealers with glee. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 There are sparks as well when Tray tries to mentor his cousin, Bobby, played with freewheeling glee by Allen Maldonado, or trades coarse one-liners with Cedric the Entertainer as Mullins, a halfway house manager. Washington Post, "Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish bring chemistry to ‘Last O.G.’," 3 Apr. 2018 While those activities were legal, the disclosures have been met with glee by the governor’s opponents, in particular the beleaguered state Republican Party. Jesse Mckinley And Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "As Jurors Decide Fate of Key Cuomo Ally, Political Verdict May Be In," 6 Mar. 2018 That statement was met with glee by Republicans, who cited it as proof that Democrats want to raise taxes. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Democrats test-drive new midterm slogan after first one is mocked," 19 July 2018 Glimmers of a familiar youthful glee surface while jumping away in the comfort of my own home—without witnesses. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "I Bought a $300 Trampoline for My Apartment, and I Have No Regrets," 9 Jan. 2019 When management would move the pictures around (or, worse, banish one entirely) in accordance with the ebb and flow of their subjects’ successes, the reshuffling prompted all sorts of glee and schadenfreude among other customers. Town & Country, "Wall of Shame: What Happens to Controversial Portrait Walls in the #MeToo Era?," 30 Nov. 2018 But there’s a kind of glee and energy to its messiness that always keeps it compelling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jonathan Lethem’s Feral Detective is a mess. But it’s a fun mess.," 27 Nov. 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


\ ˈglē How to pronounce glee (audio) \

Kids Definition of glee

: great joy : delight

Other Words from glee

gleeful adjective
gleefully adverb

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