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
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 ingloried in their great success
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 90-minute film traces Griffey Jr.'s career -- from his early days as a high school phenom through his glory days in Seattle to his induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Ken Griffey Jr.'s generational talent shines in new MLB Network documentary," 23 June 2020 In his interview with the Times, Mr. Ferri said he was gladdened that colleagues were continuing the hunt for plundered objects showcasing classical Rome’s glory and sophistication. Tom Mashberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Paolo Giorgio Ferri, hunter of looted antiquities, Dies at 72," 21 June 2020 Neither Root nor Fraser think that Boeing can return to its pre-2019 glory for several years to come. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "6 reasons Boeing’s financial picture may be brighter than most assume," 20 June 2020 The actor bought the Lincoln in 2017, and plans to restore the building to its former glory, using it as a cinema and arts center. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Andre Holland to star in radio play of ‘Richard II’," 19 June 2020 This number is pure frothy musical glory that's shining like the sun. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 11 June 2020 The softball season was canceled by the coronavirus, denying the Bearcats a chance for more postseason glory. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Walton-Verona senior battles rare condition, earns college softball scholarship," 9 June 2020 Argyle had lost just four games all season, while Lancaster looked to transform 2019 playoff disappointment into 2020 title glory. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "UIL to hold special recognition for 2020 state boys basketball qualifiers, including seven Dallas-area teams," 8 June 2020 Racers compete for pinewood glory at Joel Redfearn’s modest rambler house in St. George, in southwestern Utah. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Glory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glory. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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glory

noun
How to pronounce glory (audio)

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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