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


gloried; glorying

Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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


variants: or glory be

Definition of glory (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express surprise or delight

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The estate was recently restored to its former glory and given a new life as a luxury boutique hotel. Anna Mazurek, Chron, 22 July 2022 But the question remains: Can the event achieve its former glory? Wired, 21 July 2022 But for its diamond anniversary, Locarno is hoping for a return to its pre-pandemic glory and to its unique balance of mainstream and independent. Stjepan Hundic, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 Chairs, console tables in Liberty-style, mirrors, chests with inlaid rosewood and gold leaf finish, as well as bronze decorations, have been returned to their former glory. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The entire process may have taken the marque’s heritage division four years to complete, but the all-white example of the 1980s supercar looks to have been successfully returned to its former glory. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 July 2022 Restore your dry, damaged hair to its former glory by ordering the ArtNaturals Argan Hair Mask from Amazon today. Ariel Scotti,, 29 June 2022 Miami seems poised to make a run at its former glory under former Cane Mario Cristobal, who is bringing in a 2022 recruiting class that is ranked 13th by 247Sports just months after taking over the job. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 28 June 2022 Emory University hopes to restore the historic mansion to its former glory. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 24 June 2022 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, 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, 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, 25 Jan. 2020 Fleabag of old would’ve gloried in sharing this carnal victory with the camera. Ew Staff,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 1 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of glory


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above


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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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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz


gloried; glorying

Kids Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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