\ 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
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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 posts pushed themes of black pride, racial oppression, and police violence but did not focus specifically on the 2020 elections or any candidates, Nathaniel Gleicher, the head of security policy at Facebook, told my colleagues. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: California's digital team is racing to build coronavirus resources," 13 Mar. 2020 But on Thursday, just before gaveling the House’s half of the 2020 Legislature to an abrupt, early close, the Portland Democrat gave a speech brimming with fear, pride, idealism and – above all – anger. oregonlive, "Normally staid Oregon House Speaker decries session marred by cheating, ‘corrosion of democratic process,’ shame and a ‘hostage situation’," 6 Mar. 2020 After the Devils loss, there was talk of pride, of playing spoilers as the schedule offers up one playoff-picture team after another over the remaining 16 games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 'have never seen anything like it' as losses mount," 28 Feb. 2020 Immediately following the competition, winners from each age group are announced at an awards ceremony with cash prizes, trophies, excitement, pride, and celebration. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 24-March 1," 24 Feb. 2020 And especially Behemoth, and in particular Leviathan, beasts which fill one with pride. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Iranians treated him with a degree of pride, even reverence, that was exceptional for a leader of the increasingly unpopular regime. Time, "Soleimani Spun a Web of Iranian Influence That Will Long Outlive Him," 8 Jan. 2020 Afro Sheen has a rich history of style, pride, and legacy. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "EXCLUSIVE: Afro Sheen Is Back And We're Proud!," 8 Jan. 2020 Almost all civic museums are private, but locals take pride in them. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Francis Bacon, from Tormented to Mellow, in Houston," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Silberman, winner of Willamette Week’s Funniest Five survey in 2018 and one of Portland’s most prolific local comedians, has always prided himself on his crowd work skills. oregonlive, "Portland comic Jake Silberman loves it when the audience talks back," 17 Feb. 2020 The Premier League has always prided itself on its egalitarianism. New York Times, "The Long Search to Fill Soccer’s Biggest, Toughest Job," 9 Feb. 2020 Iowans have prided themselves on their first-in-the-nation caucuses. Author: Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Epic breakdown in Iowa invites criticism of the caucus system and the state’s status," 4 Feb. 2020 This was a shocking step for the show, which prides itself on being a free-for-all of deceit, mind games and treachery. Noam Cohen, Wired, "The TV Show ‘Survivor’ Can Help Us Understand Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 Glossier has always prided itself on listening to customer feedback — that's how the lip-and-eye cream was developed — and, according to Souto, the brand plans to keep revamping its products to meet customer needs. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Glossier Is Relaunching Its Famous Supers Serums in a Larger Size — Without Upping the Price," 13 May 2019 So why isn't there more buzz (and support) for bringing it to Miami, which prides itself as being the ultimate event town? Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?," 23 June 2018 One skill catchers pride themselves on is relationships with umpires that allow them to coax a few calls on the corners when possible. Susan Slusser,, "Is baseball ready for robo-umps? A’s, Giants weigh in on proposed system," 22 Feb. 2020 RecBar 812 houses more than 200 games, and prides itself on serving a variety of age groups. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Game on! RecBar opens a new location with updated menu, 200+ arcade games," 4 Feb. 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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20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 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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