adjective \ ˈprau̇d \
Updated on: 13 Mar 2018

Definition of proud

1 : feeling or showing pride: such as
a : having or displaying excessive self-esteem
b : much pleased : exultant
c : having proper self-respect
2 a : marked by stateliness : magnificent
b : giving reason for pride : glorious
  • the proudest moment in her life
3 : vigorous, spirited
  • a proud steed
4 chiefly British : raised above a surrounding area
  • a proud design on a stamp



Examples of proud in a Sentence

  1. They are the proud parents of a hero.

  2. I was proud that I never gave in.

  3. She's the proud owner of a new car.

  4. Her proudest accomplishment was to finish school.

  5. He has a proud manner.

  6. a proud and opinionated person

  7. She's too proud to accept their charity.

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Origin and Etymology of proud

Middle English, from Old English prūd, probably from Old French prod, prud, prou advantageous, just, wise, bold, from Late Latin prode advantage, advantageous, back-formation from Latin prodesse to be advantageous, from pro-, prod- for, in favor + esse to be — more at pro-, is

Synonym Discussion of proud

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness.
    • too proud to take charity
arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted.
    • a conceited and arrogant executive
haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position.
    • a haughty aristocrat
lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power.
    • a lordly condescension
insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness.
    • ignored by an insolent waiter
overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence.
    • an overbearing supervisor
supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness.
    • an aloof and supercilious manner
disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness.
    • disdainful of their social inferiors

PROUD Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of proud for English Language Learners

  • : very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to, etc. : feeling pride

  • : causing someone to feel very happy and pleased : causing a feeling of pride

  • : having or showing the attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than others : having or showing too much pride

PROUD Defined for Kids


adjective \ ˈprau̇d \

Definition of proud for Students

prouder; proudest
1 : having great self-respect or dignity
  • He is too proud to beg.
2 : having a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction especially with a person's own achievements or with someone else's achievements : very pleased
  • They were proud of their clever child.
3 : having or showing a feeling of being better than others : haughty



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