\ 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

Examples of glee in a Sentence

They were dancing with glee. He could hardly contain his glee over his victory.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans who have sharply critical of the White House have barely contained their glee. Claudia Torrens And Morgan Lee, Chron, 21 July 2022 When the trio emerge out onto the courthouse steps, they’re instantly surrounded by cameras—a development about which Oliver makes no attempt to hide his glee. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 28 June 2022 The book’s boldest claim convulsed actual glee: Humans were never in a state of nature at all! Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 11 July 2022 Spaceflight passengers often describe the moments of discomfort with nostalgic glee. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Some Russian officials and gas executives have barely hidden their glee. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Jeanine Robbins, member of a homeless advocacy group that unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the Angel Stadium sale, could barely contain her glee. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 And hence the panic in the Democratic Party (and glee in the Republican) that voters will hold Democrats accountable for rising prices in the fall midterms. Zachary Karabell, Time, 13 May 2022 Williams watched in glee as North Carolina stunned Duke in the Final Four on Saturday, the last game of Mike Krzyzewski's career as the Blue Devils' head coach. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Glee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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