glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Essential Meaning of glory

1 : public praise, honor, and fame As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career. See More ExamplesHe claimed that everything he did was done for the greater glory of his country. [=was done to bring honor to his country] Neither candidate has exactly covered himself in/with glory [=neither candidate has been very successful or impressive] during this campaign. They are basking in the glory of their success. [=they are enjoying the attention that has been given to them because of their success]Hide
2 : praise of a god or goddess Let us give glory to God. Glory be to God.
3 : something that brings praise or fame to someone or something : something that is a source of great pride The glory of the town is its fountain. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations He intends this movie to be the crowning glory [=the final, most successful part or achievement] of his career as a filmmaker.

Full Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown
b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving giving glory to God
2a : something that secures praise or renown the glory of a brilliant career
b : a distinguished quality or asset The glory of the city is its Gothic cathedral.
3a : a state of great gratification or exaltation When she's acting she's in her glory.
b : a height of prosperity or achievement ancient Rome in its glory
4a(1) : great beauty and splendor : magnificence … the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.— E. A. Poe
(2) : something marked by beauty or resplendence a perfect glory of a day
b : the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven broadly : eternity
5 : a ring or spot of light: such as
a : aureole
b : a halo appearing around the shadow of an object

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to rejoice proudly used with in gloried in their great success

glory

interjection
variants: or glory be

Definition of glory (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express surprise or delight

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Synonyms for glory

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of glory in a Sentence

Noun As a young soldier he dreamed of winning military glory. He now has only a few trophies to remind him of the glory of his athletic career. Let us give glory to God. The glory of the town is its fountain. an art exhibit showing off the glories of ancient civilizations The new owners are trying to restore the company to its former glory. The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire. Verb the whole city gloried in the home team's winning of the World Series Interjection glory! I thought I'd never see this day come
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pandemic or not, a movie based on a TV series that launched two decades ago may not have been destined for big-screen glory. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 4 Oct. 2021 Winter — and awards season — is coming, and judging by the army of potential contenders descending on Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival, the hunt for Oscar glory is starting to get fierce. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Kristen Stewart is going all out for that Oscar glory. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 He was known in his circle for his enthusiastic manner and for his desire for glory. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 That race is particularly important to China, which has tried to harness its youth for Olympic glory ever since rejoining the summer Olympic movement in 1984. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 That race is particularly important to China, which has tried to harness its youth for Olympic glory ever since rejoining the summer Olympic movement in 1984. Ken Belson, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 But now, whether American tennis fans like it or not, there’s only one option left for glory at the Tokyo Olympics. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 The 2021 Times Girls Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year headed into the season looking for glory on the state’s biggest stage. Eric Bem, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Harris can bring together a family with Indian, African, and Jewish heritage, America can glory in its diversity. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 26 Aug. 2020 For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub IN THE 17TH CENTURY parliaments gloried in names such as the Blessed Parliament, the Addled Parliament, the Happy Parliament and the Useless Parliament. The Economist, 25 Apr. 2020 The best way to remember Jones is by going to the Python movies and TV episodes and glorying in that great gift of laughter. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, 25 Jan. 2020 Fleabag of old would’ve gloried in sharing this carnal victory with the camera. Ew Staff, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2019 Unlike the 2000s movies, which gloried in their goofery, Banks’ film clearly wants to break new ground for the franchise. Darren Franich, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2019 Mark just tells them about Tyler, the second of his three sons who all had a chance to play every position in every sport but gravitated to the glamour position in the country’s most gloried game. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2019 And her face at the climax, the play of emotions as the plot machinery reaches its inevitable terminus, rivals the Satanists’ glorying at the infernal infant at the end of Rosemary’s Baby as the most sinister possible expression of delight. Ross Douthat, National Review, 25 July 2019 As night fell, reporters at The New York Times gloried in the steady illumination thrown off by Thomas Edison’s electric lamps. New York Times, 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of glory

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glory

Noun, Verb, and Interjection

Middle English glorie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin gloria

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The first known use of glory was in the 14th century

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19 Oct 2021

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“Glory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glory. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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glory

noun
glo·​ry | \ ˈglȯr-ē How to pronounce glory (audio) \
plural glories

Kids Definition of glory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : praise, honor, and admiration given to a person
2 : something that brings honor, praise, or fame the glories of ancient Rome
3 : brilliance, splendor "… if you did not wear spectacles the brightness and glory of the Emerald City would blind you."— L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

glory

verb
gloried; glorying

Kids Definition of glory (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rejoice proudly They gloried in their country's success.

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