glade

[ gleyd ]
/ gleɪd /

noun

an open space in a forest.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. glad-hander,
  2. gladbach-rheydt,
  3. gladbeck,
  4. gladden,
  5. gladdon,
  6. gladiate,
  7. gladiator,
  8. gladiatorial,
  9. gladiators,
  10. gladiola

Origin of glade

1520–30; akin to glad1, in obsolete sense “bright”

Related formsglade·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for glade

glade

/ (ɡleɪd) /

noun

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

glade

n.

"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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