glo·ri·ous | \ˈglȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of glorious 

1a : possessing or deserving glory : illustrious had a long and glorious military career

b : entitling one to glory a glorious victory

2 : marked by great beauty or splendor : magnificent a glorious sunset

3 : delightful, wonderful had a glorious weekend

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Other Words from glorious

gloriously adverb
gloriousness noun

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splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

Examples of glorious in a Sentence

He had a long and glorious military career. The old ruins give only a hint of the city's glorious past. The government has described the battle as a glorious victory. Our room had a glorious view of the mountains.
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Minutes later, Ronaldo would show him how it's done, with a glorious first time finish after a neat short corner move between Marcelo and Toni Kroos, capitalising on some lacklustre marking., "Real Madrid 6-3 Girona: Ronaldo Scores Four as Madrid Battle Past a Hardened Girona in Goal-fest," 18 Mar. 2018 So don’t fret and have a glorious time at the wedding. Ellen Warren,, "Are pajama pants ever OK in public?," 12 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, inside the home dugout, Bud Black was pulled in two directions: asked to reminisce about a glorious time in local history, forced to dredge up the agonizing past. Dennis Lin,, "Rockies celebrate 2007 team with reunion, win over Padres," 15 Sep. 2017 Regime propaganda presented the war as a test of national character through glorious jihad. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 So much for the challenge from Africa, resigned again to hope for a glorious future rather than a triumphant present. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 The Weather Blame Rating: 5.5/10 Summer, glorious summer., "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 Of all the triumphs in her glorious career, nothing compares to what Serena Williams is doing at Wimbledon. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Of all Serena's triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive," 12 July 2018 The air was clean and the temperature brisk, with frequent intervals of cloudy, cool, windy and rainy weather interspersed with glorious bursts of sunshine. Doug Hansen,, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of glorious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glorious

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French glorios, from Latin gloriosus glorious, vainglorious, from gloria

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English Language Learners Definition of glorious

: having or deserving glory, fame, or honor

: very beautiful or delightful


glo·ri·ous | \ˈglȯr-ē-əs \

Kids Definition of glorious

1 : having or deserving praise or admiration glorious deeds

2 : having great beauty or splendor glorious music

3 : delightful glorious weather

Other Words from glorious

gloriously adverb

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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