\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Still, a puzzle lurks within that mood of public glee at seeing the haughty-but-dirty brought low. The Economist, "Chaguan To China’s rulers, the cupidity of officials is a political crisis," 27 June 2020 Wever has a sensual, earthy energy, the type that has catapulted the likes of Lauren Bacall and Kathleen Turner to stardom, while Gleeson is all boyish smirks and unfettered playboy glee. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Why HBO's Run is the thirstiest show on TV right now," 17 May 2020 His casting shrewdly reinforces the movie’s conception of Ned as a reactive, contemplative figure, someone who has absorbed one blow after another and now assumes the roles of gang leader and familial protector with more obligation than glee. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘True History of the Kelly Gang,’ a brutal, sexy, spellbinding take on outlaw legend," 23 Apr. 2020 Jordan took glee in needling Krause There was obvious friction, and with cameras around, Jordan didn’t hold back from mocking Krause’s height and weight. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "'The Last Dance': Takeaways from first episodes of documentary on Michael Jordan and Bulls," 20 Apr. 2020 Trump, another New York billionaire adept in handling the hometown press, took particular glee in watching Bloomberg's performance Wednesday, two people who spoke to him said. Anchorage Daily News, "One Mike Bloomberg spent $340 million on carefully polished ads. The other Mike Bloomberg stepped onstage in Wednesday’s debate.," 21 Feb. 2020 Obviously, the same antics Parks and Recreation is known for took place, and Twitter went wild with glee. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The Best Twitter Reactions to the 'Parks and Recreation' Reunion," 1 May 2020 Seventeen-month-old Louisa is running for him like a T-Rex, arms outstretched with glee. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Married to a Doctor During the Rise of Coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 My daughter reached for an egg, heated her kiska in the candle and dragged it across the surface with glee. Daria Salamon, New York Times, "Family History, Inscribed on Easter Eggs," 10 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glee.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about glee

Time Traveler for glee

Time Traveler

The first known use of glee was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for glee

Last Updated

1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for glee


How to pronounce glee (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on glee

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for glee

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with glee

Spanish Central: Translation of glee

Nglish: Translation of glee for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glee for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about glee

Comments on glee

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


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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