\ ˈprīd How to pronounce pride (audio) \

Definition of pride

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the quality or state of being proud: such as
a : inordinate self-esteem : conceit
b : a reasonable or justifiable self-respect
c : delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship parental pride
2 : proud or disdainful behavior or treatment : disdain
3a : ostentatious display
b : highest pitch : prime
4 : a source of pride : the best in a group or class
5 : a company of lions
6 : a showy or impressive group a pride of dancers


prided; priding

Definition of pride (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to indulge (oneself) in pride now usually used in the phrase pride oneself on to describe taking pride in some ability, quality, etc.She was a girl who prided herself on her carefully blasé and supercilious attitude towards life.— P. G. Wodehouse


biographical name
\ ˈprīd How to pronounce Pride (audio) \

Definition of Pride (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas died 1658 English Parliamentarian commander

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Vanity vs. Pride

People often turn to the dictionary in search of the minute and subtle differences between two similar words. The closely related duo of vanity and pride, which overlap significantly in some respects yet differ in others, offer one such example. Putting aside such uses as pride referring to “a company of lions” and vanity meaning “a dressing table,” each of these words may refer to a state of excessive self-esteem. However, pride may also signify a feeling of satisfaction or happiness (either in oneself or on behalf of others) based on something that is well done; vanity is unlikely to be used in this manner. For a well-worded explanation of this distinction, we might look to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which the character Mary opines: “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

Examples of pride in a Sentence

Noun Being able to work again gave him his pride back. Getting caught cheating stripped him of his pride. Pride would not allow her to give up. It's a matter of pride that he does the work all by himself. The novel is about a family consumed with pride and vanity. They needed help, but their pride wouldn't let them ask for it. I had to swallow my pride and admit I made a mistake. He showed a great pride in his family. These young people are the pride of their community. Verb he prides himself on the quality of his writing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Growing up in a time when Jewish ancestry was no social advantage, Mr. Douglas began by trying to assimilate but later took pride in his Jewish roots and fought anti-Semitism. Jay Carr,, "Kirk Douglas, intense star of dozens of movies, dies at 103," 5 Feb. 2020 Not Iowa, though, and the state’s traditional caucus system is a point of pride for state voters who argue that caucuses are inherently more democratic than primaries. National Geographic, "Here’s the difference between a caucus and a primary election," 31 Jan. 2020 The 49ers take pride in the way their receivers commit to blocks. Joe Schad, USA TODAY, "As assistant coach for 49ers, Wes Welker seeks Super Bowl win that eluded him with Patriots and Broncos," 29 Jan. 2020 There was nobody who took more pride in putting on that Laker uniform than Kobe. Greg Beacham, Anchorage Daily News, "Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in Los Angeles sports world," 27 Jan. 2020 Within the first five minutes, I was overwhelmed with pride. Mila Myles, Allure, "Watch Allure Cover Star Billy Porter Surprise a Superfan," 21 Jan. 2020 McLaughlin will be on the flight, perhaps his last one while formally associated with Cincinnati, and he'll be imbued with pride for the legacy he's already left. Pat Brennan,, "Jimmy McLaughlin: The last FC Cincinnati original's fight to stay with the club he loves," 16 Jan. 2020 These women took pride in showing off their cooking skills, and each of them had a specialty. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: The quest to reconstruct the best family holiday recipes that were never written down, thought to be lost forever," 25 Nov. 2019 Republicans have been especially attentive to the federal courts in recent years, and have made this attention a point of pride for the party. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump and McConnell are celebrating, despite the impeachment inquiry," 9 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mike Bloomberg would give California a centrist president from the tech world, someone who prides himself as a pragmatic decision maker guided by hard data and not political expediency. John Wildermuth,, "President Mike Bloomberg: Here’s what it would mean for California," 14 Feb. 2020 The gesture was particularly out of character for the speaker, who prides herself on exhibiting proper decorum. New York Times, "Trump and Pelosi Exchange Snubs at the State of the Union Address," 3 Feb. 2020 Therefore now, a coach who prides himself on his confidence is left in a state of worry in a game’s pivotal moments. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Matt Nagy’s questionable coaching decision in the Bears’ latest loss leaves Chicago in a state of disbelief," 27 Oct. 2019 Schaffner/Provided) David Whalen’s D’Agata is a guy who prides himself on being a man’s man. David Lyman,, "In this world of 'fake news' headlines, 'Lifespan of a Fact' is an absolute must-see," 25 Oct. 2019 But those people who once prided themselves on being outside the mainstream? Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The Steve Jobs speech that made Silicon Valley obsessed with pirates," 22 Oct. 2019 From massages to body and facial treatments to hydrotherapy, the spa prides itself on catering to guests with vegan-friendly, gluten-free and environmentally friendly products. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 Beyond providing supplies, Johnson prides herself on providing hospitality: Every child who enters her class is seen and valued. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "From failing freshman to star CMS teacher, she brings color, song and joy to her kids | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 Rakowitz prides himself on sculpture that considers his heritage as an American artist of Iraqi Jewish descent. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Nasher Prize-winning artist Michael Rakowitz is headed to Dallas to cook Iraqi dishes — and Texas barbecue," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pride


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pride


Middle English, from Old English prȳde, from prūd proud — more at proud

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The first known use of pride was before the 12th century

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pride

: a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
: a feeling that you are more important or better than other people
: a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.


\ ˈprīd How to pronounce pride (audio) \

Kids Definition of pride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a reasonable and justifiable feeling of being worthwhile : self-respect
2 : a feeling of being better than others
3 : a sense of pleasure that comes from some act or possession Parents take pride in their children's progress.
4 : someone or something that makes someone proud That car is my pride and joy.


prided; priding

Kids Definition of pride (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel self-esteem I pride myself on my accurate spelling.

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