- 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.
- 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.).
- 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
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Examples from the Web for glory
There is one final lesson to learn before he crosses the threshold from darkness to glory.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
They appear to see not atrocities but adventure, not gore but glory.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
If only they had been able to live up to the glory of presidential progress!Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
October 14, 2014
But can a rap industry giant return to glory if no one is listening?
It was a cathartic moment for the brand, though far from a guarantee to help restore it to its glory days.
It was his glory that he could sacrifice it at the call of duty.
Voices were raised saying we had to look to our past for the greatness and glory.
Ireland had proved the glory of Mr. Gladstone's administration.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To get it all you must live there, to be interpenetrated by its glory of decay.The Conquest of Fear
She had no real notion yet of what is meant by the glory of God.Weighed and Wanting
- 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
- pomp; splendourthe glory of the king's reign
- radiant beauty; resplendencethe glory of the sunset
- the beauty and bliss of heaven
- a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
- another word for halo, nimbus
- (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 and History for glory
c.1200, gloire "the splendor of God or Christ; praise offered to God, worship," from Old French glorie (11c., Modern French gloire), from Latin gloria "fame, renown, great praise or honor," of uncertain origin.
Greek doxa "expectation" (Homer), later "opinion, fame," and ultimately "glory," was used in Biblical writing to translate a Hebrew word which had a sense of "brightness, splendor, magnificence, majesty," and this subsequently was translated as Latin gloria, which has colored that word's meaning in most European tongues. Wuldor was an Old English word used in this sense. Sense of "magnificence" is c.1300 in English. Meaning "worldly honor, fame, renown" of "the kingdom of Heaven," and of "one who is a source of glory" are from mid-14c. Latin also had gloriola "a little fame." Glory days was in use by 1970.
mid-14c., "rejoice," from Old French gloriier and directly from Latin gloriari "to boast, vaunt, brag, pride oneself," from gloria (see glory). Related: Gloried; glorying.
Idioms and Phrases with glory
see in one's glory.