glee

1
[ glee ]
/ gli /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. gleanings,
  2. gleason,
  3. gleba,
  4. glebe,
  5. glede,
  6. glee club,
  7. gleed,
  8. gleeful,
  9. gleefully,
  10. gleek

Origin of glee

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

glee

2
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for glee

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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Word Origin and History for glee

glee

n.

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.

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