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(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
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 glory days of English football seemed to be in the past. Toby Harnden, Washington Examiner, "The game has changed, but soccer unites decades and the world," 9 Jan. 2020 The Cardinals have largely been irrelevant across their history, outside of the glory days of Kurt Warner’s last two years, Fitzgerald, and Carson Palmer’s first three years in the desert. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Hard Knocks: Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers among 5 teams that could appear on HBO," 1 Jan. 2020 Following four consecutive years of double-digit growth, total year-end revenues are expected to break the $10 billion mark this year, inching ever closer to the sales numbers the industry hit during the glory days of CDs. Allyson Mccabe, Wired, "Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music," 23 Dec. 2019 There are checkered floors, a central counter top, red accents and photos around the restaurant of Cincinnati's glory days. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Food Network chooses this Cincinnati staple as best diner in Ohio," 19 Dec. 2019 The struggle of good against evil feels less like a cosmic battle than a longstanding sports rivalry between teams whose glory days are receding. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Rise of Skywalker reviews point to more Star Wars discourse," 18 Dec. 2019 People still refer to the 1970s and 80s as the glory days of interactive fiction, a time when computers were giving choose-your-own-adventure stories a new lease of life. James O'sullivan, Quartzy, "Video games have become a new form of literature," 10 Dec. 2019 The new coach soaked in his new home, and his remarks about restoring FSU to its glory days triggered several ovations. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Fiery new FSU coach Mike Norvell pledges to restore Seminoles to championship level," 7 Dec. 2019 Munoz has led the airline since 2015 during a tumultuous time that included the brutal dragging of a passenger off an overcrowded plane and an aggressive growth plan designed to recapture United’s glory days. BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge Trust to acquire Wellesley Bank," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Glory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glory?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=glory001. Accessed 20 January 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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