glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown
b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving giving glory to God
2a : something that secures praise or renown the glory of a brilliant career
b : a distinguished quality or asset The glory of the city is its Gothic cathedral.
3a(1) : great beauty and splendor : magnificence the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome— E. A. Poe
(2) : something marked by beauty or resplendence a perfect glory of a day
b : the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven broadly : eternity
4a : a state of great gratification or exaltation when she's acting she's in her glory
b : a height of prosperity or achievement ancient Rome in its glory
5 : a ring or spot of light: such as
a : aureole
b : a halo appearing around the shadow of an object

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to rejoice proudly used with in gloried in their great success

glory

interjection
variants: or glory be

Definition of glory (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express surprise or delight

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Synonyms for glory

Synonyms: Noun

acclaim, accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Synonyms: Verb

crow, delight, exuberate, exult, joy, jubilate, kvell, rejoice, triumph

Synonyms: Interjection

ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hooray (also hurrah), hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

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Examples of glory in a Sentence

Noun

As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career. Let us give glory to God. The glory of the town is its fountain. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations The new owners are trying to restore the company to its former glory. The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire.

Verb

the whole city gloried in the home team's winning of the World Series

Interjection

glory! I thought I'd never see this day come
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thankfully, though, the magnate saw the tea leaves, and made a quick public reversal, staying with Didier Deschamps and co all the way to World Cup glory in 2018. SI.com, "Bernard Arnault: 6 Things to Know About World's Second-Richest Man Linked With AC Milan Takeover," 17 Sep. 2019 But Chester’s journey to rugby glory was far from assured. The Economist, "Chester Williams stood against South African rugby’s racism," 16 Sep. 2019 Leonard was acquired in the off-season by the Los Angeles Clippers soon after leading the Toronto Raptors to glory during this spring’s NBA finals — the franchise’s first championship. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Sister of NBA Star Kawhi Leonard Accused of Murdering 84-Year-Old Woman at Casino," 9 Sep. 2019 That could be said for Moore, a struggling comedian and actor who became a rhyming, rapping raconteur and rode his Dolemite character — complete with groovy fashion ensembles and the ever-present pimp cane — to big-screen glory. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "TIFF: Why Netflix's 'Dolemite Is My Name' is Eddie Murphy's greatest-hits role," 8 Sep. 2019 Before the building is occupied, an army of engineers, designers and construction workers will restore the Art Deco-style hulk to glory. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The years America went to work," 25 Aug. 2019 The only thing that stood in the way of the District 16 and Section 2 champions’ rise to glory was one last game against Culver City. Vincent Nguyen, latimes.com, "Burbank 9-10-11 Little League softball All-Stars claim state championship," 9 July 2019 While the Lakers, who haven’t reached the playoffs in six years, want a return to glory. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Could the Celtics reap the rewards of Kawhi Leonard’s signing with the Clippers?," 7 July 2019 That's the bleak essence of the man who created and led Fox News to ratings glory as a bludgeon for right-wing politics, according to this seven-episode limited series that begins Sunday on Showtime. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Showtime's 'Loudest Voice' falls short by giving Roger Ailes too much of a bully pulpit," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mark just tells them about Tyler, the second of his three sons who all had a chance to play every position in every sport but gravitated to the glamour position in the country’s most gloried game. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 And her face at the climax, the play of emotions as the plot machinery reaches its inevitable terminus, rivals the Satanists’ glorying at the infernal infant at the end of Rosemary’s Baby as the most sinister possible expression of delight. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 As night fell, reporters at The New York Times gloried in the steady illumination thrown off by Thomas Edison’s electric lamps. New York Times, "Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’," 1 July 2019 And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorying these killers, and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one, than our mainstream media. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "NRA host calls for legislation to limit reporting on mass shooters. Then he says he doesn’t mean it.," 24 May 2018 The Times wouldn’t glory if an internal whistleblower decided the world also needed to know who did the leaking, though this person’s motives and actions are, in a sense, more newsworthy than 30-year-old Trump family tax returns. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "When the Fever Passes, Learn From Trump’s Taxes," 12 Oct. 2018 Ambitions appeared to be thwarted for so long by a culture of entitlement as England gloried in the hype and status of being the birthplace of soccer without backing it up with results. Rob Harris, chicagotribune.com, "After so much humiliation, England's World Cup team a source of national pride," 7 July 2018 Courts have affirmed it and Congress has substantially gloried in its role as an overpaid Rotary Club. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "If only we had a Congress," 19 June 2018 His family gloried in his drum playing and magic tricks. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/10," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of glory

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glory

Noun, Verb, and Interjection

Middle English glorie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin gloria

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glory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glory

: public praise, honor, and fame
: praise of a god or goddess
: something that brings praise or fame to someone or something : something that is a source of great pride

glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Kids Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : praise, honor, and admiration given to a person
2 : something that brings honor, praise, or fame the glories of ancient Rome
3 : brilliance, splendor “… if you did not wear spectacles the brightness and glory of the Emerald City would blind you.”— L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Kids Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rejoice proudly They gloried in their country's success.

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