glee

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noun \ˈglē\

Definition of glee

  1. 1 :  exultant high-spirited joy :  merriment dancing with glee

  2. 2 :  a part-song for usually male voices

Examples of glee in a Sentence

  1. They were dancing with glee.

  2. He could hardly contain his glee over his victory.

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Origin and Etymology of glee

Middle English, from Old English glēo entertainment, music; akin to Old Norse glȳ joy, and perhaps to Greek chleuē joke


First Known Use: before 12th century


GLEE Defined for English Language Learners

glee

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noun

Definition of glee for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction


GLEE Defined for Kids

glee

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noun \ˈglē\

Definition of glee for Students

  1. :  great joy :  delight

gleeful

adjective

gleefully

adverb


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