glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē \
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(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
4a : 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
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

acclaim, accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Synonyms: Verb

crow, delight, exuberate, exult, joy, jubilate, kvell, rejoice, triumph

Synonyms: Interjection

ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hooray (also hurrah), hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

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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

This reimagining of a Blazer isn't entirely without nods to its glory years of right angles and off-roading. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Working alongside the reclusive Decarnin for some of the glory years was the young, outgoing, and media savvy Olivier Rousteing. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 Now operated as house museums by the Preservation Society of Newport County, three of the mansions—Marble House, the Elms, and the Breakers—reach their peak glory in the colder months. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 While the England team still have a semi final and a final match separating them from World Cup glory, the internet, along with the entire nation, is clearly enjoying the ride so far. SI.com, "It's Coming Home: 6 of the Best England World Cup Memes of the Summer So Far," 11 July 2018 This is nothing new: TV networks have only recently stopped beaming Trump rallies live in all of their vulgar, abusive, factually incorrect glory, and not due to a crisis of conscience: the ratings were no longer there. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why You Shouldn't Watch Trump's Oval Office Address Tonight," 8 Jan. 2019 Unlike the mousse our mothers used that dried out hair and froze it in all its permed glory, mousse formulas today are more elegant and hydrating. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 With the Hotel Joaquin, Makarechian and team have brought the former 22-room, Cape Cod-style Laguna Beach Motor Inn back to its California Riviera heyday glory—and then some. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "First Look: Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, California," 30 Nov. 2018 These people would be willing to give up glory, money and prestige for another thoroughbred to achieve history? Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Did Justify have help from another horse at Belmont? That's nonsense," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorying these killers, and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one, than our mainstream media. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "NRA host calls for legislation to limit reporting on mass shooters. Then he says he doesn’t mean it.," 24 May 2018 The Times wouldn’t glory if an internal whistleblower decided the world also needed to know who did the leaking, though this person’s motives and actions are, in a sense, more newsworthy than 30-year-old Trump family tax returns. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "When the Fever Passes, Learn From Trump’s Taxes," 12 Oct. 2018 Ambitions appeared to be thwarted for so long by a culture of entitlement as England gloried in the hype and status of being the birthplace of soccer without backing it up with results. Rob Harris, chicagotribune.com, "After so much humiliation, England's World Cup team a source of national pride," 7 July 2018 Courts have affirmed it and Congress has substantially gloried in its role as an overpaid Rotary Club. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "If only we had a Congress," 19 June 2018 His family gloried in his drum playing and magic tricks. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/10," 10 June 2018 There was femininity, gloried in and defined multiple ways via dress. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Golden Globes’ 500 Shades of Black: Did It Work?," 8 Jan. 2018 The other orchestral choirs were far from neglected, however, and the Shostakovich gloried in robust brass playing. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Nikolaj Znaider trades his violin bow for a baton and elicits admirable results from the CSO," 22 Dec. 2017 We were not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. latimes.com, "Read Sen. Jeff Flake's speech announcing he will not seek reelection: 'I will not be complicit'," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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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 \
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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