[ glawr-ee, glohr-ee ]
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noun,plural glo·ries,
  1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown: to win glory on the field of battle.

  2. something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride: a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.

  1. adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: Give glory to God.

  2. resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of autumn.

  3. a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.

  4. a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.

  5. the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.

  6. a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.

verb (used without object),glo·ried, glo·ry·ing,
  1. to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in): Their father gloried in their success.

  2. Obsolete. to boast.

  1. Also glory be . Glory be to God (used to express surprise, elation, wonder, etc.).

Idioms about glory

  1. glory days / years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like: the glory days of radio.

  2. go to glory, to die.: Also go to one's glory.

Origin of glory

1300–50; Middle English <Old French glorie<Latin glōria

Other words for glory

Opposites for glory

Other words from glory

  • glo·ry·ing·ly, adverb
  • self-glory, noun
  • self-glo·ry·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use glory in a sentence

  • What he hankered after was the title of Duke of Austerlitz, but the Emperor refused to share the glories of that day.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • His labors were among the greatest glories of this century, and his funeral one of the most imposing of modern times.

    Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
  • Memories of the former glories of the southern regions of France began to stir within the hearts of the modern poets and leaders.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • There were morning-glories for the mid-summer season, peonies and iris for the spring, and chrysanthemums for autumn.

    The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • She bore a tray with cups, a tiny steaming tea-pot, and a dish heaped with cakes in the forms and tints of morning-glories.

    The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa

British Dictionary definitions for glory


/ (ˈɡlɔːrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consent: the glory for the exploit went to the captain

  2. something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)

  1. thanksgiving, adoration, or worship: glory be to God

  2. pomp; splendour: the glory of the king's reign

  3. radiant beauty; resplendence: the glory of the sunset

  4. the beauty and bliss of heaven

  5. a state of extreme happiness or prosperity

  6. another word for halo, nimbus

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (intr often foll by in) to triumph or exult

  2. (intr) obsolete to brag

  1. informal a mild interjection to express pleasure or surprise (often in the exclamatory phrase glory be!)

Origin of glory

C13: from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria, of obscure origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with glory


see in one's glory.

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