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[ glawr-ee ]


, plural glo·ries.
  1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown:

    to win glory on the field of battle.

    Synonyms: celebrity, eminence, fame

    Antonyms: obloquy, disgrace

  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.

  3. adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:

    Give glory to God.

  4. resplendent beauty or magnificence:

    the glory of autumn.

    Synonyms: refulgence, effulgence, brilliance

  5. a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
  6. a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.:

    She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.

  7. the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
  8. 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.).


/ ˈɡlɔːrɪ /


  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 )
  3. thanksgiving, adoration, or worship

    glory be to God

  4. pomp; splendour

    the glory of the king's reign

  5. radiant beauty; resplendence

    the glory of the sunset

  6. the beauty and bliss of heaven
  7. a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
  8. another word for halo nimbus


  1. introften foll byin to triumph or exult
  2. obsolete.
    intr to brag


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

  • glo·ry·ing·ly adverb
  • self-glo·ry noun
  • self-glo·ry·ing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of glory1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria
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Word History and Origins

Origin of glory1

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

  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.

More idioms and phrases containing glory

see in one's glory .
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Example Sentences

A more sympathetic answer would be that mathematicians want the glory of seeing their names outlive themselves as a reward for the long, solitary hours they labor to produce their results.

Without getting too deep into the weeds, it’s easy to “p-hack” your way to glory with these models because there are so many ways to measure “the economy” but only a small sample size of elections for which we have reliable economic data.

All the glory would then have accrued to Maynard instead of Zhang.

This means my paintings can soon be experienced in their full glory without their quality being lowered or decimated!

Would-be perpetrators see all the attention, and they want some of that twisted glory for themselves.

But after those glory days, Kisangani's reputation took a turn.

Oh this happened, and Williams sold it in all of its campy glory.

There is one final lesson to learn before he crosses the threshold from darkness to glory.

In the decade following World War I, Hopper settled on a vein of imagery that has been his special glory ever since.

They appear to see not atrocities but adventure, not gore but glory.

Nogués and his brave lads have done their bit indeed for the glory of the Army of France.

Moreover, Napoleon, so great in many things, was so jealous of his own glory that he could be mean beyond words.

When I went out he accompanied me to the door, took my hand in both of his and said, "To-day you've covered yourself with glory!"

And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire.

How great glory did he gain when he lifted up his hands, and stretched out swords against the cities?


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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