- open delight or pleasure; exultant joy; exultation.
- an unaccompanied part song for three or more voices, popular especially in the 18th century.
Origin of glee1
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- to squint or look with one eye.
- a squint.
- an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.
Origin of glee2
Examples from the Web for glee
It happened on Glee and in Sex and The City, and now in Japan women can marry themselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
And just last May Glee aired “Old Dog, New Trick,” the first episode scripted by Colfer.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
She actively, and with glee, imbued their lives with an abundance of misery.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real
October 31, 2014
Glee actress Lea Michele was seemingly dissed by Jessica Lange on the red carpet.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
The old lady turned back into the house, and her face was alive with glee.Meadow Grass
Right at him came the donkey, braying as though in glee at the trick he had played.Frank Roscoe's Secret
What a sudden sort of glee the night he discovered Bernard Shaw!The Harbor
But suddenly the glee died—as suddenly as if a button had snapped off the current.The Floating Island of Madness
At the gate of Elm Cottage the dog came up to him, barking with glee.The Manxman
- great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else's misfortune
- a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voicesCompare madrigal (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for glee
Old English gliu, gliw "entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport," presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly "joy;" probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of "unaccompanied part-song" (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.