[ glawr-ee, glohr-ee ]
/ ˈglɔr i, ˈgloʊr i /
noun, plural glo·ries,
very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown: to win glory on the field of battle.
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.
adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: Give glory to God.
resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of autumn.
a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
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,
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.).
Words nearby glory
Idioms for glory
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
OTHER WORDS FROM gloryglo·ry·ing·ly, adverbself-glo·ry, nounself-glo·ry·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glory days
/ (ˈɡlɔːrɪ) /
noun plural -ries
exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consentthe glory for the exploit went to the captain
something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)
thanksgiving, adoration, or worshipglory be to God
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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Idioms and Phrases with glory days
see in one's glory.
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