: exultant high-spirited joy : merriment
dancing with glee
: a part-song for usually male voices

Example Sentences

They were dancing with glee. He could hardly contain his glee over his victory.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English glēo entertainment, music; akin to Old Norse glȳ joy, and perhaps to Greek chleuē joke

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glee was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: high-spirited joy
: an unaccompanied song for three or more voices
gleefulness noun

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