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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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

Even before June, when all-star 7-on-7 teams are formed, players travel to national tournaments for more glory. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Have Arizona high school football 7-on-7s gotten out of control?," 15 June 2018 Over the course of the next month, teams from 32 countries will compete for ultimate soccer glory. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Google Kicks Off The 2018 World Cup With A Celebratory Doodle," 14 June 2018 Argentina has faced a series of setbacks that could hinder its bid for glory. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup 2018 teams to watch, from Germany to Iceland," 13 June 2018 His decision to meet Kim in Singapore is almost entirely drawn from a desire for personal glory. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "After blowing up the G-7, Trump seeks peace with North Korea," 11 June 2018 When not playing dead on the battlefield or scheming for glory by killing an already dead man, Hanks’ Falstaff offers piercing ironic commentary on such concepts as honor and valor. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 On a much smaller scale, the city’s residents fumed—Hosack prominent among them—when a mastodon fossil excavated in the Hudson Valley was spirited across state lines for the glory of that rival city, Philadelphia. Penelope Rowlands, WSJ, "‘American Eden’ Review: The Ambitious Dr. Hosack," 1 June 2018 Both were obsessed with turning Sir John into a hero and martyr for British glory. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Finding John Rae’ imagines inner life of Arctic explorer who discovered the Franklin expedition’s grisly fate," 26 May 2018 The change that concerns me, however, is this growing tendency to paint motherhood, all of it without disclaimer or discernment, as one of those awful experiences that must be trashed publicly for a greater glory. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "While a mother's role evolves with time, certain parenting aspects remain constant | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 On Truth 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. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Sen. Jeff Flake to Leave Senate: 'I Will Not Be Complicit'," 24 Oct. 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. Joe Donatelli, Los Angeles Magazine, "You Cannot Appreciate the Brutal Savagery of Sen. Flake’s Resignation Speech Until You Read it in Full," 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

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

Verb

see glory entry 1

Interjection

see glory entry 1

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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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