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[glawr-ee-uh s, glohr-]
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  1. delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable: to have a glorious time at the circus.
  2. conferring glory: a glorious victory.
  3. full of glory; entitled to great renown: England is glorious in her poetry.
  4. brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: a glorious summer day.
  5. Archaic. blissfully drunk.
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Origin of glorious

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French glorieus < Latin glōriōsus. See glory, -ous
Related formsglo·ri·ous·ly, adverbglo·ri·ous·ness, nounqua·si-glo·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous, adjectivesu·per·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous·ness, nounun·glo·ri·ous, adjectiveun·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverb


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3. famous, famed, renowned, illustrious, noted, celebrated, eminent, distinguished.


1. unpleasant, disgusting. 3. unknown.
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  • What a glorious double stroke it would be, after all their years of trying.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • High above the roadside he had engraved an account of his glorious deeds.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • History tells us of glorious friendships in the ancient world.

  • But be this as it may, there is a present likelihood of room for glorious mischief.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • All in all, Gray Peter was a glorious machine; Sally was a tricky intelligence.

British Dictionary definitions for glorious


  1. having or full of glory; illustrious
  2. conferring glory or renowna glorious victory
  3. brilliantly beautiful
  4. delightful or enjoyable
  5. informal drunk
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Derived Formsgloriously, adverbgloriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glorious


late 13c., from Anglo-French glorious, Old French glorieus (12c., Modern French glorieux), from Latin gloriosus "full of glory, famous," from gloria (see glory). In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Related: Gloriously.

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