glo·​ri·​ous | \ ˈglȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce glorious (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The pride of New Albany finished the game 0-for-4 from the field with one rebound in 10 minutes -- far from the glorious return to his old stomping grounds that he -- and so many of his fans in the crowd Tuesday night -- would have preferred. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Brad Stevens' advice for promising rookie Romeo Langford: 'Don't get your shot blocked'," 11 Mar. 2020 But of course, the big news here, and drumroll please, is glorious return to his best rubber-faced, fast-talking form as Sonic’s main antagonist, a secretive government mad scientist named Dr. Robotnik. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: After his makeover, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is legit funny, heartwarming and entertaining," 13 Feb. 2020 The honoree had a chance to make the night even more memorable with a glorious scoring chance late in the second period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings come up inches short vs. Rangers, 1-0, for 8th straight loss," 2 Feb. 2020 The Avs had a glorious chance to build on their lead but failed to convert on a five-minute power play after losing veteran center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a head injury at 17:15 of the second period. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs sweep their two-game homestand after beating Blue Jackets," 9 Nov. 2019 Plus, Casey and Joe answer listener questions about the Blazers’ projected rotation, the likelihood of a trade, whether the Blazers will win more than 53 games, Jusuf Nurkic’s rehabilitation, our glorious summers and much more. oregonlive, "Are the Portland Trail Blazers better for 2019-20? Rip City Report podcast," 26 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Williams's hairstylist and business partner Brian J O'Connor revealed that the singer had made a glorious return to her mixed hair color days. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Hayley Williams Debuts Blonde-and-Auburn Split Hair Color," 18 Sep. 2019 Jean-Luc Picard and his crew, which had solidified Trek's glorious return to television with The Next Generation, boards the Enterprise at the episode's conclusion and disembarks for some new adventure—but the audience is left behind. Popular Mechanics, "Star Trek: DS9 Finally Gets the Documentary It Deserves," 10 Apr. 2019 The 550 Maranello was powered by a front-engine 458-hp 5.5-liter V-12 and could be had with a glorious manual transmission. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "See Every One of Michael Jordan's Cars in ESPN's The Last Dance," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of glorious was in the 13th century

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20 May 2020

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“Glorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce glorious (audio) \

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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