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

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 In two heart-breaking home losses, what was a glorious season ended with a thud for the Antelopes, who went 15-4-1 in coach Leonard Griffin's first season in charge. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 Nary an episode goes by without the reminder, often via voiceover by the glorious Vanessa Redgrave, that this baby or that mother would have most certainly died without the services provided by the NHS. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Claire Oshetsky is the author of Chouette, a novel inspired by the glorious experience of raising their daughter, musician Patricia Taxxon. Claire Oshetsky,, 16 Nov. 2021 The former is the same glorious sourdough bread shaped into a festive fall pumpkin with a cinnamon stick poking out of the center like a stem. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Nov. 2021 The resort can be accessed two hours by train — making for a far more glorious commute than sitting in traffic. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2021 Right now, that glorious title belongs to Amina Muaddi. Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 Once dropped into a cup of steamed milk, the chocolate melts away to reveal all the glorious sweetness inside. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2021 The rooftop terrace offers glorious views over the top of London’s finest buildings. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021

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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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23 Nov 2021

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“Glorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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