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 Downtown looked glorious onscreen even in the rain and fog as ESPN, ABC and NFL Network beamed the first round to millions of viewers across the nation. cleveland, "Cleveland looked glorious on NFL Draft broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network," 30 Apr. 2021 Though there is tragedy in Pose's third and final season, this narrative of possibility flourishes with glorious and dazzling humanity. Kristen Baldwin,, "Pose season 3 review: Farewell to a werk of art," 28 Apr. 2021 Bird migration, underway right now, is examined, explained and made glorious in two new books. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Books to help you explore bird migration, and Minnesota's natural heritage," 27 Apr. 2021 In Arabian culture, camels have long been prized as glorious creatures. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List," 27 Apr. 2021 These glorious sequences also keep faith with Breuer’s recommendations for the display of art in his new museum. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Masterpieces Unmediated," 27 Apr. 2021 Without the gimmick, the songs themselves were a glorious hodgepodge. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "The Who Go All Out With ‘The Who Sell Out’ Super Deluxe Box Set," 27 Apr. 2021 And, if nothing else, this provides a moment to remember that your local bookstore is not just a hopelessly limited version of a glorious Web retailer. Washington Post, "Outcry over book ‘censorship’ reveals how online retailers choose books — or don’t," 22 Apr. 2021 The age of Moreyball was a glorious one, a grand experiment looking to drag the league into the future by example. Robert Charles, Chron, "How story of Icarus could have warned Rockets of pending freefall," 21 Apr. 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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3 May 2021

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“Glorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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