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glory

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noun glo·ry \ ˈglȯr-ē \

Definition of glory

plural glories
1 a :praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent :renown
b :worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving
  • giving glory to God
2 a :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.
3 a (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
4 a :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

Examples of glory in a Sentence

  1. As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory.

  2. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career.

  3. Let us give glory to God.

  4. The glory of the town is its fountain.

  5. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations

  6. The new owners are trying to restore the company to its former glory.

  7. The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire.

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Origin and Etymology of glory

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


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glory

verb

Definition of glory

gloried; glorying
intransitive verb
:to rejoice proudly used with in
  • gloried in their great success

Examples of glory in a Sentence

  1. the whole city gloried in the home team's winning of the World Series

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Origin and Etymology of glory

see 1glory

glory Synonyms


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glory

interjection
variants: or glory be

Definition of glory

used to express surprise or delight

Examples of glory in a Sentence

  1. glory! I thought I'd never see this day come

Origin and Etymology of glory

see 1glory

glory Synonyms

Synonyms
hooray (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee
Related Words
wow, zowie; ooh; gee, gee whiz, gosh
Near Antonyms
alack, alas, aw, boo

GLORY Defined for English Language Learners

glory

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noun

Definition of glory for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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glory

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noun glo·ry \ ˈglȯr-ē \

Definition of glory for Students

plural glories
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

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glory

verb

Definition of glory for Students

gloried; glorying
:to rejoice proudly
  • They gloried in their country's success.


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