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 performance by QuinTango traces the birth of the tango in the immigrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century through its Paris glory days. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville 'virtual' shows this week: The Story of Tango, Cody Clark's Magical Spectrum & more," 15 May 2020 The long-exiled de Gaulle was determined to take the glory and was wary of Henri Rol-Tanguy and his communist supporters getting the upper hand, given the post-war political implications. Phil Davison, BostonGlobe.com, "Cécile Rol-Tanguy, who helped liberate Paris from the Nazis, dies at 101," 13 May 2020 Martindale has been bringing her A-game during this whole series, but there’s nothing quite like seeing her in full triumphant glory. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Mrs America Episode 7 Recap: Bella Abzug, Radical Rebel," 13 May 2020 There's also a spirited group of drivers who have come oh-so-close — and some of them still have a chance to take the checkered flag and all the glory that comes with it. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "20 for 20: Ranking the best Indy 500 drivers since 2000," 12 May 2020 With would-be buyers now focused on the grave crisis at hand, this is less a preview of automaker glory than a wistful look at what might have been. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "The Year’s Hottest New Cars Just Got Cold as Ice," 12 May 2020 The ocean and the beaches are Southern California’s crowning glory, miles and miles from Mexico north to where cliffs and rocks meet the ocean. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Let’s take a long drive — virtually, of course — from SF to LA," 9 May 2020 Their live shows were phenomenal and intro’d me to the power and the glory of rock and roll forever, Amen. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: 'Dope sneaker game' and the culture Air Jordans spawned," 5 May 2020 The tendrils of a bean plant are beautiful glories of engineering. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "It’s Time to Grow Your Own Beans," 24 Apr. 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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21 May 2020

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“Glory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glory. Accessed 29 May. 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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