\ 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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Synonyms for pride

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 However Trufflepig is focused on planning travel rather than selling travel, this acknowledgement is more of a big deal for planner pride than driving new business. Everett Potter, Forbes, "Inspired Travel From Trufflepig," 6 May 2021 Chris Glover, DeSoto’s Parks and Recreation director, told Crossroads Today that the designation promotes community pride and shows the city’s dedication to environmental responsibility. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "DeSoto among 4 Texas cities to receive first-time Tree City USA honor," 5 May 2021 The humiliation of the nudity clashes with the ferocity in their eyes, which suggest an inner defiance, pride, strength. New York Times, "The Artist Upending Photography’s Brutal Racial Legacy," 5 May 2021 Moutsos made headlines in 2014 when he was put on leave for refusing to work an assignment at a gay pride parade. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Former police officer who refused a Pride Parade assignment tapes a giant vaccine syringe burning in effigy in Utah," 5 May 2021 Other highlights will include the parade, dozens of vendor booths, which will focus on health and social justice; and Black pride items such as shirts, flags and jewelry. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration is back. It will resume in person this year.," 4 May 2021 Minor League Baseball is here again, my friends, and my heart sings with the breezy joy of outdoor leisure and civic pride formed by the sounds of cracking wooden bats and the smells of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking atop hot metal. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Hear my heart sing: Minor League Baseball is back," 4 May 2021 Tim Boyle has tremendous passion and pride for our city and state. oregonlive, "Canzano: Monday Mailbag is a collision of sports, baseball, masks, frustration -- and broken leadership," 3 May 2021 Summer workouts were on a searing blacktop, his players masked, running the team’s offense with precision and pride. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "Clayton Valley's Frank Allocco Jr. off to good start trying to follow in dad's footsteps," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Younger, smaller startups tend to have leaders who pride themselves on being the smartest people in the room. Yec, Forbes, "Budding Entrepreneurs Should Aim For Second Best," 21 Apr. 2021 The Suns play team defense but pride themselves on keeping the ball in front. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA roundtable: Who deserves more attention as serious championship contenders?," 14 Apr. 2021 How can that new consciousness be reflected in classical museums, which pride themselves on being slow-reacting monoliths. New York Times, "Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track," 11 Apr. 2021 But normally, the building is open to the public and lawmakers pride themselves on their availability to their constituents. Star Tribune, "Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob," 8 Jan. 2021 The siblings pride themselves on being independent. Washington Post, "Struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, people turn to strangers online for help," 24 Apr. 2021 For companies that pride themselves on customer service, it's been an opportunity to stand out as the best in their industry. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, "Companies That Pride Themselves On Customer Service: Pandemic Edition," 20 Mar. 2021 The Huskies pride themselves on those two areas of the game and led the Big East in multiple defense and rebounding categories. Shawn Mcfarland,, "A look at UConn and Hartford men’s first-round NCAA Tournament games, regions and biggest questions," 14 Mar. 2021 Texas is also home to business titans who pride themselves on doing things differently— just like people with disabilities do. Denise Brodey, Forbes, "The Huge Cost Of Ignoring Disabled People’s Sophisticated Understanding Of Disaster Planning," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Pride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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