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

My family was filled with women who wore their hair naturally including my mom, who was the perfect example of a [curly-haired] woman in her glory. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross on Her New Natural Curl Line, and How She Became Her Own Hair Expert," 6 Sep. 2019 The teen reminds himself that Sky, in all his Machiavellian glory, isn’t real. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Rare Show That Explores the Nuances of Black Boyhood," 22 Aug. 2019 And with long-running DC villain Floronic Man premiering in all his vegetable glory in the series finale’s post-credits scene, a lot of comicky goodness had become possible. Tribune News Service, cleveland.com, "Captain Comics: Farewell ‘iZombie’ and ‘Swamp Thing’," 9 Aug. 2019 Grimshaw’s building, in all its machine-like glory, is a reminder that efficiency and style can sometimes go hand-in-hand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "England adds a High Tech supermarket to its National Heritage List," 23 July 2019 The images will also be featured in a special exhibit that will travel to Audubon chapters and centers around the United States, giving bird lovers near and far a chance to view the feathery subjects in all their glory. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 In the meantime, check out the products and their respective swatches in all their glory, and be sure to set those reminders for August 22, when the Airbrush Flawless Foundation launches on charlottetilbury.com. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury’s Revealed Her Magic Vanish Colour-Correcting Powders — and They Live Up to the Name," 12 July 2019 Her rendering of the Happy Foot Sad Foot, alone in a strip mall on Sunset without pedestrians or cars, captures the sign in all its banal and lonely glory. Margaret Wappler, latimes.com, "The Happy Foot Sad Foot sign is moving. These books may fill the foot-shaped void in your heart," 12 July 2019 And of course, Karate Kid‘s Ralph Macchio in all his glory is the centerfold. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 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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