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

noun, plural glo·ries,

verb (used without object), glo·ried, glo·ry·ing,

to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in): Their father gloried in their success.
Obsolete. to boast.


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

Nearby words

  1. gloriosa,
  2. gloriosa lily,
  3. glorious,
  4. glorious revolution,
  5. gloriously,
  6. glory box,
  7. glory hole,
  8. glory-of-the-snow,
  9. glory-of-the-sun,
  10. glory-pea


    glory days/years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like: the glory days of radio.
    go to glory, to die.Also go to one's glory.

Origin of glory

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

Related formsglo·ry·ing·ly, adverbself-glo·ry, nounself-glo·ry·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glory


/ (ˈɡlɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(intr often foll by in) to triumph or exult
(intr) obsolete to brag


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

Word Origin for glory

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

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Word Origin and History for glory
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Idioms and Phrases with glory


see in one's glory.

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