\ 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 The East Spring Branch Food Pantry takes pride in being able to meet all of the community’s needs. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "East Spring Branch Food Pantry meets increased needs during the COVID-19 pandemic," 13 July 2020 In 2012, the Moscow city government ordered that gay pride parades be banned for the next 100 years. Washington Post, "Russian constitution change ends hopes for same-sex marriage," 13 July 2020 In the years that followed, no professional franchise in the country became more entrenched in a city’s identity than the Spurs did, and Rose became even more convinced of sports’ power to create civic pride. Mike Finger,, "Mike Finger: Tireless Leo Rose helped San Antonio make a mark," 9 July 2020 Twitter had even more thoughts ranging from fear to pride. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Demi Moore’s Bathroom Is Confusing the Hell Out of People on Social Media," 9 July 2020 In 2019, Twitter users claimed that the first lady's July 4 dress was an endorsement of gay pride. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Melania Trump's Mount Rushmore dress did not feature abuse victims' drawings," 9 July 2020 For Moshfegh, pride is replaced by solipsism as the dangerous pleasure that must be overcome. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Wanting Wrong," 6 July 2020 The Senate recently confirmed Trump’s 200th judicial nominee, a point of pride for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has spearheaded rules changes and oriented the Senate calendar to facilitate the confirmations. Tal Kopan,, "Progressives target Dianne Feinstein as head of Senate Judiciary Committee," 6 July 2020 Although football season could look different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never a bad time to show team pride for Browns fans. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Chic Cleveland Browns apparel, designed for women by Erin Andrews, on sale for 30% off," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hope and pride similarly motivated April Simington to drag her five boys out of bed at 7 a.m. on Saturday to protest. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "Celebrations of black family, culture break out across D.C.," 27 June 2020 Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris Levert, Garrett Temple, Joe Harris, Wilson Chandler and Jarrett Allen are all go-getters who pride themselves of playing tough. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Former Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson ideal fit in Brooklyn," 25 June 2020 The Timberwolves pride themselves on having a diverse staff. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Minnesota Timberwolves executive calls more for more diversity in pro sports," 11 June 2020 Despite current hoopla over extreme range shooting, most hunters pride themselves on stalking inside of 500 yards, more often 400 and even 300 yards of most game. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Choose The Right Hunting Bullet," 9 June 2020 Bay Area residents may pride themselves on living in a diverse place. Joe Garofoli,, "Being a white ally of African Americans means more than just protesting," 6 June 2020 And pride yourself on having at least a slight oversight of your madness. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, May 13," 13 May 2020 The pair pride themselves on a tireless appetite for evolution and a high standard for technique, and they've been rewarded with a dedicated fan base. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Label Spotlight: Here's What Deadbeats Wants To hear In a Demo," 3 Feb. 2020 Naukam and her team pride themselves on service and specialize in corporate relocations and executive buyers and sellers. Sharon Naukam, Dallas News, "Tuscan-inspired villa showcased in Plano," 18 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pride.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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30 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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