glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown
b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving giving glory to God
2a : something that secures praise or renown the glory of a brilliant career
b : a distinguished quality or asset The glory of the city is its Gothic cathedral.
3a : a state of great gratification or exaltation When she's acting she's in her glory.
b : a height of prosperity or achievement ancient Rome in its glory
4a(1) : great beauty and splendor : magnificence … the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.— E. A. Poe
(2) : something marked by beauty or resplendence a perfect glory of a day
b : the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven broadly : eternity
5 : a ring or spot of light: such as
a : aureole
b : a halo appearing around the shadow of an object

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to rejoice proudly used with in gloried in their great success

glory

interjection
variants: or glory be

Definition of glory (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express surprise or delight

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Synonyms for glory

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of glory in a Sentence

Noun As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career. Let us give glory to God. The glory of the town is its fountain. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations The new owners are trying to restore the company to its former glory. The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire. Verb the whole city gloried in the home team's winning of the World Series Interjection glory! I thought I'd never see this day come
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The show, along with pandemic escapism, boosted chess popularity to heights not seen since the glory days of Bobby Fischer. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Police Athletic League launches youth chess program," 28 Apr. 2021 Gibson told people his glory days as a chef were long behind him. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, "The swashbuckling legacy of Jimmy Gibson," 23 Apr. 2021 The Simpsons is still a beloved show, but has been hemorrhaging viewers for many years, and is no longer viewed as sharp, provocative satire - those glory days are long gone. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, "Morrissey Takes Offense To ‘The Simpsons’ Satire, Lashes Out On Facebook," 19 Apr. 2021 Bryant reached back to his glory days and produced one last magical moment for all to see and enjoy — a 60-point masterpiece at the age of 37. Los Angeles Times, "How Byron Scott helped Kobe Bryant get to 60-point finale," 12 Apr. 2021 Those were the glory days for Olazábal, who won his first green jacket in 1994, added another title in 1999 and was a top-10 finisher five other times. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Koepka misses Masters cut, says he's going to take a break," 10 Apr. 2021 Those were the glory days for Olazábal, who won his first green jacket in 1994, added another title in 1999 and was a top-10 finisher five other times. BostonGlobe.com, "Augusta National not above protests over Georgia’s voting laws," 10 Apr. 2021 These were the glory days of the internal-combustion engine, when few people had health concerns about vehicle-exhaust emissions and fewer still worried about the Arctic melting. oregonlive, "Daring land-speed-record attempts fascinated Oregonians in 1930s, as ‘slightly nuts’ rivals battled for supremacy," 26 Mar. 2021 Sam, for example, is trying to recapture not only his youth but the glory days of his career. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Call of ‘Sirens’ is more serious than comic | Review," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Harris can bring together a family with Indian, African, and Jewish heritage, America can glory in its diversity. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Night and Day," 26 Aug. 2020 For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub IN THE 17TH CENTURY parliaments gloried in names such as the Blessed Parliament, the Addled Parliament, the Happy Parliament and the Useless Parliament. The Economist, "Bagehot The Virtual Parliament brings a welcome return to scrutiny," 25 Apr. 2020 The best way to remember Jones is by going to the Python movies and TV episodes and glorying in that great gift of laughter. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Terry Jones brought many gifts, including Spam, to the Monty Python lunacy machine," 25 Jan. 2020 Fleabag of old would’ve gloried in sharing this carnal victory with the camera. Ew Staff, EW.com, "The 30 most shocking TV moments of 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 Unlike the 2000s movies, which gloried in their goofery, Banks’ film clearly wants to break new ground for the franchise. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Charlie's Angels failed because the franchise era as we know it is changing: Opinion," 19 Nov. 2019 Mark just tells them about Tyler, the second of his three sons who all had a chance to play every position in every sport but gravitated to the glamour position in the country’s most gloried game. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 And her face at the climax, the play of emotions as the plot machinery reaches its inevitable terminus, rivals the Satanists’ glorying at the infernal infant at the end of Rosemary’s Baby as the most sinister possible expression of delight. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 As night fell, reporters at The New York Times gloried in the steady illumination thrown off by Thomas Edison’s electric lamps. New York Times, "Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of glory

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glory

Noun, Verb, and Interjection

Middle English glorie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin gloria

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The first known use of glory was in the 14th century

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4 May 2021

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“Glory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glory. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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glory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glory

: public praise, honor, and fame
: praise of a god or goddess
: something that brings praise or fame to someone or something : something that is a source of great pride

glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Kids Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : praise, honor, and admiration given to a person
2 : something that brings honor, praise, or fame the glories of ancient Rome
3 : brilliance, splendor “… if you did not wear spectacles the brightness and glory of the Emerald City would blind you.”— L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Kids Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rejoice proudly They gloried in their country's success.

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