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[glawr-ee-uh, glohr-]
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  1. Liturgy.
    1. Gloria in Excelsis Deo.
    2. Gloria Patri.
    3. the response Gloria tibi, Domine, “Glory be to Thee, O Lord.”
  2. (lowercase) a repetition of one of these.
  3. (lowercase) a musical setting for one of these.
  4. (lowercase) a halo, nimbus, or aureole, or an ornament in imitation of one.
  5. (lowercase) a fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, or wool for umbrellas, dresses, etc., often with a filling of cotton warp and yarn of other fiber.
  6. a female given name.
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Origin of Gloria

1150–1200; Middle English < Latin; see glory

sic transit gloria mundi

[seek trahn-sit gloh-ri-ah moo n-dee; English sik tran-sit glawr-ee-uh muhn-dahy, -dee, glohr-, -zit]
  1. thus passes away the glory of this world.
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British Dictionary definitions for gloria


  1. a silk, wool, cotton, or nylon fabric used esp for umbrellas
  2. a halo or nimbus, esp as represented in art
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: glory


  1. any of several doxologies beginning with the word Gloria, esp the Greater and the Lesser Doxologies
  2. a musical setting of one of these
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sic transit gloria mundi

  1. thus passes the glory of the world
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Word Origin and History for gloria


early 13c., name of a song of praise, from Medieval Latin gloria in "Gloria Patri," hymn praising god (and similar hymns), from Latin gloria "glory" (see glory).

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sic transit gloria mundi

c.1600, Latin, literally "thus passes the glory of the world;" perhaps an alteration of a passage in Thomas Á Kempis' "Imitatio Christi" (1471).

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gloria in Culture

Sic transit gloria mundi

[(sik tran-sit glawr-ee-uh moon-dee)]

Latin for “Thus passes away the glory of the world”; worldly things do not last.

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Idioms and Phrases with gloria

sic transit gloria mundi

Nothing on earth is permanent, as in His first three novels were bestsellers and now he can't even find an agent—sic transit gloria mundi. This expression, Latin for “Thus passes the glory of the world,” has been used in English since about 1600, and is familiar enough so that it is sometimes abbreviated to sic transit.

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