\ 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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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 Angular in movement, astonishing in energy, her eyes flashing malevolent glee, Álvarez acted as if Madge deserved to be the title character. Jeffrey Gantz,, "Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’," 25 May 2018 Fans could use some fresh moments to relive with wide-eyed glee. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Big 12 baseball title shows Texas is finding its way back to prominence," 22 May 2018 News of Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry broke in late November, subsequently creating international glee over the prospect of a royal wedding. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Sacramento shoe maker hopes Meghan Markle slips into these ahead of royal wedding | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 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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