[ prahyd ]
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  1. a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.

  2. the state or feeling of being proud.

  1. a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.

  2. pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself: civic pride.

  3. celebration of a specific minority group and affirmation of equal rights for members of that community: Black pride;Puerto Rican pride.: See also Pride1.

  4. something that causes a person or persons to be proud: His art collection was the pride of the family.

  5. the best of a group, class, society, etc.: This bull is the pride of the herd.

  6. the most flourishing state or period: in the pride of adulthood.

  7. mettle in a horse.

  8. Literary. splendor, magnificence, or pomp.

  9. a group of lions.

  10. sexual desire, especially in a female animal.

  11. ornament or adornment.

verb (used with object),prid·ed, prid·ing.
  1. to indulge or plume (oneself) in a feeling of pride (usually followed by on or upon): She prides herself on her tennis.

Idioms about pride

  1. pride and joy, someone or something cherished, valued, or enjoyed above all others: Their new grandchild is their pride and joy.

Origin of pride

First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun prid, pride, pritte, from Old English prȳde, prȳte (cognate with Old Norse prȳthi “bravery, pomp”), derivative of prūd proud

synonym study For pride

1. Pride, conceit, self-esteem, egotism, vanity, vainglory imply an unduly favorable idea of one's own appearance, advantages, achievements, etc., and often apply to offensive characteristics. Pride is a lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect: Pride must have a fall. Conceit implies an exaggerated estimate of one's own abilities or attainments, together with pride: blinded by conceit. Self-esteem may imply an estimate of oneself that is higher than that held by others: a ridiculous self-esteem. Egotism implies an excessive preoccupation with oneself or with one's own concerns, usually but not always accompanied by pride or conceit: His egotism blinded him to others' difficulties. Vanity implies self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others: His vanity was easily flattered. Vainglory, somewhat literary, implies an inordinate and therefore empty or unjustified pride: puffed up by vainglory.

Other words for pride

Opposites for pride

Other words from pride

  • pride·ful, adjective
  • pride·less, adjective
  • pride·less·ly, adverb

Words Nearby pride

Other definitions for Pride (2 of 3)

[ prahyd ]

  1. recognition of LGBTQ identity, affirmation of equal rights, and celebration of visibility, dignity, and diversity in the LGBTQ community (formerly referred to as Gay Pride ): The primary mission of our new student organization is Pride.

  2. events or organizations that celebrate the LGBTQ community and its members (often used attributively): Pride was extra special the first year I was out.LGBT people of color are celebrating Black and Latinx Pride this June.Have you ever been to the Pride parade in NYC?

Origin of Pride

First recorded in 1975–80; pride (in the sense “celebration of a specific minority group and affirmation of equal rights for members of that community”)

usage note For Pride

The precursors to Pride as we know it today were the Gay Liberation Movement marches of the 1970s in New York City. The first of these took place in June of 1970 with demonstrators marching up Avenue of the Americas chanting, “Say it loud, gay is proud!” By 1973 the annual march in June was the final event of a celebration becoming known as Gay Pride Week. Over the next 30 years, Pride events grew and flourished in many cities, and the term Gay Pride was often understood to be inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community. However, in the 2000s, activists began to question whether using Gay Pride as an umbrella term constituted erasure of lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, or other identities in the LGBTQ community. Increasingly, Gay Pride was replaced with LGBT Pride or LGBTQ Pride . And, by 2020, the celebrations and the movement as a whole were often referred to as simply Pride .

Other definitions for Pride (3 of 3)

[ prahyd ]

  1. Thomas, died 1658, English soldier and regicide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pride in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pride (1 of 2)


/ (praɪd) /

  1. a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth

  2. excessive self-esteem; conceit

  1. a source of pride

  2. satisfaction or pleasure taken in one's own or another's success, achievements, etc (esp in the phrase take (a) pride in)

  3. the better or most superior part of something; flower

  4. the most flourishing time

  5. a group (of lions)

  6. the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit

  7. archaic sexual desire, esp in a female animal

  8. archaic display, pomp, or splendour

  9. pride of place the most important position

  1. (tr; foll by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for

  2. (intr) to glory or revel (in)

Origin of pride

Old English prӯda; related to Latin prodesse to be useful, Old Norse prūthr stately; see proud

Derived forms of pride

  • prideful, adjective
  • pridefully, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for Pride (2 of 2)


/ (praɪd) /

  1. Thomas. died 1658, English soldier on the Parliamentary side during the Civil War. He expelled members of the Long Parliament hostile to the army (Pride's Purge, 1648) and signed Charles I's death warrant

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Other Idioms and Phrases with pride


In addition to the idioms beginning with pride

  • pride and joy
  • pride of place
  • pride oneself on

also see:

  • burst with (pride)
  • swallow one's pride

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