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[gleyd] /gleɪd/
an open space in a forest.
Origin of glade
1520-30; akin to glad1, in obsolete sense “bright”
Related forms
gladelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Do you think she was in the glade back of Widow Clemmens' house?

    Hand and Ring Anna Katharine Green
  • I had arrived at my point of starting—I was once more within the glade!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • “Ya-as, Cappin,” drawled out the lieutenant, with a coolness strongly in contrast with his excited manner on entering the glade.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • I stopped on observing a man on the edge of the glade, and directly in front of me.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Was it the glade in which his father had received his death-blow?

    The Woman of Mystery Maurice Leblanc
  • Into this glade the hardy seamen turned with an air of triumph.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • Three miles above Stoughton, we stopped for supper at the edge of a glade, near a quaint old bridge.

  • The moon was shining full on the open clearing of the glade where he had fallen.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • At length I found myself near to the edge of a glade, and perceived, standing behind the shelter of a magnificent ilex, two men.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • But one other living object might be noticed in the glade—the dog “Marengo.”

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for glade


an open place in a forest; clearing
Derived Forms
gladelike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to glad1 (in obsolete sense: bright); see gleam
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Word Origin and History for glade

"clear, open space in a woods," c.1400, perhaps from Middle English glode (c.1300), from Old Norse glaðr "bright" (see glad). Original meaning would be "bright (because open) space in a wood" (cf. French clairière "glade," from clair "clear, bright;" German Lichtung "clearing, glade," from Licht "light"). American English sense of "marshy grassland" (e.g. Everglades) first recorded c.1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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