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[glawr-ee, glohr-ee] /ˈglɔr i, ˈgloʊr i/
noun, plural glories
very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown:
to win glory on the field of battle.
something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride:
a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.
adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
Give glory to God.
resplendent beauty or magnificence:
the glory of autumn.
a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.:
She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.
verb (used without object), gloried, glorying
to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in):
Their father gloried in their success.
Obsolete. to boast.
Also, glory be. Glory be to God (used to express surprise, elation, wonder, etc.).
glory days / years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like:
the glory days of radio.
go to glory, to die.
Also, go to one's glory.
Origin of glory
1300-50; Middle English < Old French glorie < Latin glōria
Related forms
gloryingly, adverb
self-glory, noun
self-glorying, adjective
1. fame, eminence, celebrity. 4. brilliance, refulgence, effulgence.
1. disgrace, obloquy. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glory days


noun (pl) -ries
exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consent: the glory for the exploit went to the captain
something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)
thanksgiving, adoration, or worship: glory be to God
pomp; splendour: the glory of the king's reign
radiant beauty; resplendence: the glory of the sunset
the beauty and bliss of heaven
a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
another word for halo, nimbus
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(intransitive) often foll by in. to triumph or exult
(intransitive) (obsolete) to brag
(informal) a mild interjection to express pleasure or surprise (often in the exclamatory phrase glory be!)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria, of obscure origin
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Contemporary definitions for glory days
plural noun

a time regarded as the best in one's life or career's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for glory days



c.1200, gloire "the splendor of God or Christ; praise offered to God, worship," from Old French glorie (11c., Modern French gloire), from Latin gloria "fame, renown, great praise or honor," of uncertain origin.

Greek doxa "expectation" (Homer), later "opinion, fame," and ultimately "glory," was used in Biblical writing to translate a Hebrew word which had a sense of "brightness, splendor, magnificence, majesty," and this subsequently was translated as Latin gloria, which has colored that word's meaning in most European tongues. Wuldor was an Old English word used in this sense. Sense of "magnificence" is c.1300 in English. Meaning "worldly honor, fame, renown" of "the kingdom of Heaven," and of "one who is a source of glory" are from mid-14c. Latin also had gloriola "a little fame." Glory days was in use by 1970.


mid-14c., "rejoice," from Old French gloriier and directly from Latin gloriari "to boast, vaunt, brag, pride oneself," from gloria (see glory). Related: Gloried; glorying.

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Slang definitions & phrases for glory days

glory days

noun phrase

A time of great success and acclaim; halcyon days: Gorelick knows the lore of the glory days/ Natori's Glory Days/ George Romney, the man who led the Rambler glory years at American Motors (1980s+)

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glory days in the Bible

(Heb. kabhod; Gr. doxa). (1.) Abundance, wealth, treasure, and hence honour (Ps. 49:12); glory (Gen. 31:1; Matt. 4:8; Rev. 21:24, 26). (2.) Honour, dignity (1 Kings 3:13; Heb. 2:7 1 Pet. 1:24); of God (Ps. 19:1; 29:1); of the mind or heart (Gen. 49:6; Ps. 7:5; Acts 2:46). (3.) Splendour, brightness, majesty (Gen. 45:13; Isa. 4:5; Acts 22:11; 2 Cor. 3:7); of Jehovah (Isa. 59:19; 60:1; 2 Thess. 1:9). (4.) The glorious moral attributes, the infinite perfections of God (Isa. 40:5; Acts 7:2; Rom. 1:23; 9:23; Eph. 1:12). Jesus is the "brightness of the Father's glory" (Heb. 1:3; John 1:14; 2:11). (5.) The bliss of heaven (Rom. 2:7, 10; 5:2; 8:18; Heb. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:1, 10). (6.) The phrase "Give glory to God" (Josh. 7:19; Jer. 13:16) is a Hebrew idiom meaning, "Confess your sins." The words of the Jews to the blind man, "Give God the praise" (John 9:24), are an adjuration to confess. They are equivalent to, "Confess that you are an impostor," "Give God the glory by speaking the truth;" for they denied that a miracle had been wrought.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with glory days


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