adjective glo·ri·ous \ ˈglȯr-ē-əs \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of glorious

1 a : 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





Examples of glorious in a Sentence

  1. He had a long and glorious military career.

  2. The old ruins give only a hint of the city's glorious past.

  3. The government has described the battle as a glorious victory.

  4. Our room had a glorious view of the mountains.

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Origin and Etymology of glorious

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

Synonym Discussion of glorious

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

GLORIOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of glorious for English Language Learners

  • : having or deserving glory, fame, or honor

  • : very beautiful or delightful

GLORIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective glo·ri·ous \ ˈglȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of glorious for Students

1 : having or deserving praise or admiration
  • glorious deeds
2 : having great beauty or splendor
  • glorious music
3 : delightful
  • glorious weather



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