[ glawr-ee-uhs, glohr- ]
/ ˈglɔr i əs, ˈgloʊr- /


delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable: to have a glorious time at the circus.
conferring glory: a glorious victory.
full of glory; entitled to great renown: England is glorious in her poetry.
brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: a glorious summer day.
Archaic. blissfully drunk.

Nearby words

  1. glorified,
  2. glorify,
  3. gloriole,
  4. gloriosa,
  5. gloriosa lily,
  6. glorious revolution,
  7. gloriously,
  8. glory,
  9. glory box,
  10. glory hole

Origin of glorious

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French glorieus < Latin glōriōsus. See glory, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for glorious


/ (ˈɡlɔːrɪəs) /


having or full of glory; illustrious
conferring glory or renowna glorious victory
brilliantly beautiful
delightful or enjoyable
informal drunk
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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