noun, plural glo·ries,

  1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown: to win glory on the field of battle.
  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.
  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.
  9. anticorona.

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.).
  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.

noun plural -ries

  1. exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consentthe 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 worshipglory be to God
  4. pomp; splendourthe glory of the king’s reign
  5. radiant beauty; resplendencethe 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

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

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


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

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.

see in one’s glory.

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