glee

1
[ glee ]
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noun

open delight or pleasure; exultant joy; exultation.
an unaccompanied part song for three or more voices, popular especially in the 18th century.

Origin of glee

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English glēo; cognate with Old Norse glȳ; akin to glow

Definition for glee (2 of 2)

glee

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[ glee ]
/ gli /
Scot. and North England

verb (used without object)

to squint or look with one eye.

noun

a squint.
an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.

Origin of glee

2
1250–1300; Middle English glien, gleen; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gljā to shine
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glee

/ (ɡliː) /

noun

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 for glee

Old English gléo; related to Old Norse glӯ
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