\ 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 In both cities, the surprise weather stirred glee and offered a welcome respite from unpredictable political winds that have buffeted Iraq since youth protests were met with a deadly crackdown and President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Maj. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "‘Like magic,’ snow blankets Iraq," 11 Feb. 2020 The mediasphere was saturated with outrage and glee. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 And indeed, there was much gloom among some American liberals and glee among some American conservatives over the Tories’ commanding majority and Labour’s major collapse. Daniel Foster, National Review, "Fictions of the Right," 19 Dec. 2019 Get our daily newsletter His glee is misplaced—because the assumptions behind it are wrong. The Economist, "Don’t blame market-friendly policies for Latin America’s discontent," 31 Oct. 2019 The normally stoic Kelly couldn’t contain his glee, smiling and slapping hands with a few players. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA has everything fall into place in comeback win over Washington State," 22 Sep. 2019 But none of that requires liberals to greet Walsh’s announcement with undisguised glee. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Joe Walsh Is Running for “Morning Joe”," 29 Aug. 2019 His own wife, Charity (Elyse Levesque, Stargate Universe), has no such compunctions, joining in the hunt with sadistic glee. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Pitch-perfect Ready or Not is a sharp and witty blood-soaked delight," 21 Aug. 2019 Particularly during the 2016 campaign, when Clinton was a Democratic candidate for president, Maddow said on her show Friday that the Gray Lady has really stuck it to Clinton in a way that would fill her political rivals with glee. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "'Internal issues': Rachel Maddow rips New York Times over Hillary Clinton coverage," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Glee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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