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

There were moments of glory: Emery got his name on the Stanley Cup in 2013 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Fox News, "Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns at age 35," 15 July 2018 Everyone’s an indie-brewing star in his or her own garage, but some of the area’s best homebrewers get their true moment of glory in the beer week sun at Jose Pistola’s annual Extreme Homebrew Challenge. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Poke and the Rittenhouse scene," 30 May 2018 The hair was purposefully stretched out as far as possible to create contrast with the light-colored background so that it could be seen and celebrated in its natural glory. Ebonee Davis, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Model Ebonee Davis Is Normalizing Being Abnormal," 23 Oct. 2018 Cardi's stylist Tokyo Stylez posted a video to Instagram on Monday that shows Cardi in all her silver lamé jumpsuit glory, backstage at the Drake and Migos show in Los Angeles before her surprise appearance. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Cardi B Brushed Her Hair With a Plastic Fork, and She's Not Mad About It," 16 Oct. 2018 After a five-year absence and lots of memes made from that one iconic line, Madison Montgomery is back in all of her Coven glory — and fans reacted accordingly on Twitter. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Brings Back Madison Montgomery to Deliver Her Iconic Quote," 27 Sep. 2018 Walk back toward the hotel and over one block and sit outside at Zonars, a legendary café that was revived a few years ago by Chrysanthos Panas, who has restored its Art Deco glory and brought in a modern menu. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Insiders' Guide to Athens," 24 Aug. 2018 What seemed their biggest shot at financial and literary glory—a plan to publish uncollected stories by John Cheever—fell apart amid litigation with the late author’s family. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Anita Miller Founded a Quirky Publisher and Battled John Cheever’s Family," 17 Aug. 2018 Pose follows a host of players in New York City’s underground ballroom scene — a competitive performance space where gay and trans youth vogue, catwalk, and push the boundaries of gender for their shot at glory — in 1987. refinery29.com, "What The Rising Interest In Ballroom Culture Really Means For QTPOC," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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