\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Post-match, Djokovic was seen handing his winning racket to a young fan in the audience, who reacted with extreme glee. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 June 2021 Hauser plays Horace with a wicked frown yet never loses the glee in his voice — as always, the guy is just really happy to be here. Ella Kemp, Vulture, 1 June 2021 Xavier had his mother’s wit, and the two were constantly one-upping each other to the glee of whoever happened to be in their midst. New York Times, 29 May 2021 But the return of at least one phenomenon last seen during George W. Bush’s first term has been met with nearly unanimous glee: Bennifer. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 The news was greeted with glee from Padres fans as the eager boosters are primed to support a team that is winning, entertaining and just might lead the majors in swag. Jay Paris, Forbes, 24 May 2021 These two complaints gave him entirely too much glee., 16 Apr. 2021 To his glee, his CBS bosses finally save his sleep by shipping his own bed from his in-laws in New Jersey. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 There was an undercurrent of glee in the cavernous room. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021

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

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20 Jun 2021

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“Glee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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