an open space in a forest.


Origin of glade

1520–30; akin to glad1, in obsolete sense “bright”
Related formsglade·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glade

Historical Examples of glade

  • Bright were the smiles under the spreading tent of the glade.

  • Fully a half hour went by before he decided to cross the glade.

  • I heard yells behind me, and I saw my brother run across the glade.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • "It's like that—at sunset—in the Witches' Glade," Jerry said slowly.


    Jane Abbott

  • He led them toward the glade in which was the mysterious grave.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for glade



an open place in a forest; clearing
Derived Formsgladelike, adjective

Word Origin for glade

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to glad 1 (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.

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