\ 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 country used to take pride in claiming that no far-right group had seats in the national Parliament, unlike the rest of Europe. Anchorage Daily News, "Socialists win Spanish election but far-right party surges," 11 Nov. 2019 The country used to take pride in claiming that no far-right group had seats in the national parliament, unlike the rest of Europe., "MADRID — Early results in Spain’s national election show the ruling Socialists leading the count and the far-right Vox party surging, as Spain’s political divide widens between left and right, further exacerbating the country’s political deadlock.," 11 Nov. 2019 The country used to take pride in claiming that no far-right group had seats in the national Parliament, unlike the rest of Europe. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain's Socialists win national election; right-wing Vox Party surges," 11 Nov. 2019 That's a tough reality to confront for many synagogues, who take pride in their usually welcoming and open-door environment. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Fortified synagogues and guards 'everybody knows.' How life changed a year after the Tree of Life massacre," 27 Oct. 2019 One photo is a portrait of her immediate family taken in 1971; her mother and father standing in the center of things, beaming with pride, while her 10 siblings gather around. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Renluka Maharaj’s latest show digs deep into family, home and glitter," 26 Oct. 2019 Nevertheless, Mr Modi may take pride in the World Bank’s latest report on the ease of doing business around the world. The Economist, "Narendra Modi’s muddle," 25 Oct. 2019 Miller has taken pride in encouraging open debate with diverse voices — even if the conservatives in the minority rarely win the day. Luke Broadwater,, "Miller says he’ll step down as Maryland Senate president; Democrats pick Baltimore’s Bill Ferguson to replace him," 24 Oct. 2019 Maryland: Locksley takes pride in the play of his offense, which has been adequate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ramsey shines in relief to help Indiana beat Maryland 34-28," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s not a group that prides itself in kinds words, either the Carolla group or the Your Mom’s House group, but trust me KROQ, Your Mom’s House and Carolla have been all over me all day today. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Dr. Drew Pinsky Reveals He Suffered a Vocal Cord Injury While Prepping for The Masked Singer," 10 Oct. 2019 The company also embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion, and prides itself in community giving efforts, often targeting support for minority families and women in construction. Mfrg-icon Construction, azcentral, "MFRG-ICON Construction brings culture and family to the forefront of business," 18 June 2019 Now The shaving subscription prides itself in being affordable. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The 7 Best Moisturizers for $20 or Less," 4 June 2018 In the heart of downtown, Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse prides itself on a huge selection of beers, both international and local. Anchorage Daily News, "Raise your glass to beer born and brewed in Alaska," 3 May 2018 Crandall was awkward and shy; Shamo was charismatic, and prided himself on helping his friend talk to girls. Washington Post, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly fentanyl empire," 15 Sep. 2019 For a country that prioritizes and prides itself on things like family values, this feels unconscionable. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Alex Ohanian, father of Reddit, on the importance of family leave and being a dad," 5 Sep. 2019 What: The Indiana Comic Convention has earned a reputation as a great place for collectors, and prides itself on catering to fans of comic books, magazines, toys, games, anime, manga, cosplay and more. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Who are those people Downtown? Indianapolis summer convention list," 2 July 2019 This far-flung, self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, rises out of the Atlantic between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland, and prides itself on maintaining traditions. Josephine Price, National Geographic, "Visit 18 wild and beautiful Scandinavian islands," 21 May 2019

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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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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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