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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But the real magic is the Crystal Court at the base, a glorious public atrium featured prominently in the credits of none other than The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Kanye West has made his glorious return to Twitter. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian West and Chrissy Teigen Roasted Kanye for His Twitter Rant," 18 Apr. 2018 Kourt's glorious return to Insta was a pic of her and Kim on Khloe's babymoon-ish trip to Japan. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Kourtney Kardashian Just Unfollowed Her Boyfriend and Deleted Her Instagram," 6 Mar. 2018 Pita made a glorious return, strutting his stuff as the only Tongan athlete at Pyeongchang this year (and the island's second-ever competitor at a Winter Games). Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Team Bermuda Wears Shorts to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Freezing Temps," 9 Feb. 2018 And Seattle’s opener on a Thursday night in 2014 was as glorious as could be. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Introducing, the top 5 Thursday Night Football moments in the Pete Carroll era of Seahawks history," 14 Nov. 2018 That’s the glorious thing about going to a bagel shop. Jacob Gershman And Charles Passy, WSJ, "Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels Face a Schmear Campaign in New York," 12 Sep. 2018 Finding that common ground is a glorious thing about comedy. Anna Peele, GQ, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," 4 June 2018 Making it to the fifth game in the quarterfinals this time around would be glorious. José Luis Sánchez Pando,, "World Cup Group F preview: Osorio's Tri want to transcend," 31 May 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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