\ˈprīd \

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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Synonyms for pride

Synonyms: Noun

ego, pridefulness, self-esteem, self-regard, self-respect

Synonyms: Verb

flatter, pique, plume

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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


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.


he prides himself on the quality of his writing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While having lots of intestinal gas can be a badge of pride bestowed on you by a healthy diet, some people find too much of it to be, well, too much, either for their physical or social comfort. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Regardless, there is a sense of pride in knowing what makes your house different. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 This is a country that takes so much pride in water polo that even the Croatian fans rabid enough to attend the World Cup final will come to the match in water-polo caps. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Coach Who Can Explain Croatia’s World Cup Success," 14 July 2018 Locals take pride in a plastic-free culture (whenever possible) and value supporting their thriving community. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 Parker always took pride in his part as a member of the Spurs’ championship-collecting Big Three. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker stunner: Iconic Spurs point guard headed to Charlotte," 6 July 2018 The whole Holiday family reflects on having a third son make it to the NBA and the shared sense of pride in their collective accomplishments. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Hornets to use 'draft and stash' strategy with 55th overall pick Arnoldas Kulboka," 22 June 2018 Leclerc told me with just a touch of pride in his voice. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 City leaders don’t hide their pride that Amazon calls Seattle home. Jay Greene, WSJ, "The ‘Prosperity Bomb’ of an Amazonian Invasion," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wilderness Safaris’ Linkwasha is the epitome of safari luxury, and it’s in the best game area of the park: warring lion prides, packs of wild dogs, cheetahs, and herds of elephant and buffalo everywhere. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Central bankers a generation ago prided themselves on silence and opacity. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Weighs Wait-and-See Approach on Future Rate Increases," 6 Dec. 2018 Two years ago, the Huskies prided themselves on their ability to consistently create turnovers. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "College football’s unluckiest defense? UW Huskies’ key for more turnovers: Don’t change anything," 30 Oct. 2018 Trump prides himself on being able to spot people’s weaknesses. Anna North, Vox, "In Stormy Daniels, Trump may have met his match," 18 Oct. 2018 Yet San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, who pride themselves on defying common sense, unanimously voted last week to support the cutbacks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "San Francisco’s Trump Water Strike," 6 Nov. 2018 The chance to play for one of America’s most storied franchises was appealing to James, who prides himself on knowing the game’s history. Tom Withers,, "LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Los Angeles Lakers," 1 July 2018 Draft day scouting report: Solid two-way player who prides himself on defensive prowess. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings hit jackpot in 2014 NHL draft with Dylan Larkin," 18 May 2018 Even those weird people who pride themselves on not being able to cook and brag about only having, like, Sriracha and champagne in their fridge know how to make pancakes. Lindsay Robertson, Marie Claire, "6 Reasons Why You Should Always Order Pancakes for the Table," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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pride and joy


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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.


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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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