\ 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

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

But his subjects are very much of the now — their dignity now, their pride now. Los Angeles Times, "Holocaust survivor portraits at USC museum call on ‘profound’ beauty to fight hate," 12 Sep. 2019 Jack Rogers has launched a collection of sorority sandals to share your Greek life pride. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Text Your Little! Jack Rogers Has a Gorgeous Line of Sorority Sandals," 9 Sep. 2019 Timberlake hasn’t shied away from expressing his pride in Biel’s success. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jessica Biel Is Not Opposed to Working with Justin Timberlake: 'I Would Love to Be His Boss'," 9 Sep. 2019 Discussing People magazine’s recent choice of Lupita Nyong’o as the most beautiful woman in the world, Jones dug into the beauty standards that society often applies to black women, and into her pride and insecurities about her own self-image. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Saturday Night Live," 7 Sep. 2019 The new republic of Turkey, under Kemal Ataturk, had lost many of the Ottoman empire’s provinces; its pride was wounded and its population now far more Turkish. The Economist, "Languages are a battleground for nationalists," 5 Sep. 2019 For yet another year, beautiful Black people gathered at Commodore Barry Park wearing their Black pride on their sleeves. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Black Love Was Unstoppable At Afropunk 2019," 26 Aug. 2019 That fights over your own pride are nothing but vanity, a sign of insecurity rather than strength. John Archibald |, al, "Virtues learned in the South," 18 Aug. 2019 In today’s Harlem, where some point with pride to a second renaissance, others decry the gentrification that’s displacing residents and demolishing history. Elizabeth Chang, Twin Cities, "Harlem’s 125th Street is the gateway to new corners of Manhattan," 3 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mr Johnson, who prides himself on his campaigning skills, shuffles between photo opportunities, agreeing only to carefully staged pool interviews, as was Mrs May’s wont. The Economist, "Boris Johnson is looking like Theresa May 2.0," 8 Aug. 2019 This year, Nigeria, a country which prides itself on milestones like being Africa’s most populous country and being home to its largest economy, is marking an unsavory one: a decade of devastating insurgency in its northeast region. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The ominous parallels with Nigeria’s handling of a rising Islamic sect and early-day Boko Haram," 29 July 2019 Artisan 179 This lakefront Pewaukee restaurant draws its name from priding itself on all things — including its decor, food and cocktails — being at an artisan level. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 great spots around the Milwaukee area to get a well-made Old-Fashioned," 18 Jan. 2018 The company prides itself as being family-owned and -operated, with family values, Hassett said. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "'Our whole history of the city is buried here': Glendale may sell historic city cemetery," 27 July 2019 Tim Hall has long prided himself on understanding his comfort level and staying in his lane professionally. Don Markus,, "UMBC athletic director Tim Hall leaving after six years for Southern Illinois Edwardsville," 23 July 2019 Plus, the company prides itself on its eco-friendly initiatives, says Bellos. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Rent the Room: Is the Furniture Industry About to Be Disrupted?," 15 May 2019 Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump. Paul Hanebrink, The New York Review of Books, "Christopher R. Browning," 21 Feb. 2019 She’s trained in traditional barbershop techniques, but also prides herself on analyzing face and head shape to find the best style. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Haircut Is (Probably) Too Cheap," 18 July 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.


\ 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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