Definition of Glory at

[ 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.).

Nearby words







gloriosa lily






glory box


glory hole








    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

Related forms

glo·ry·ing·ly, adverbself-glo·ry, nounself-glo·ry·ing, adjective Unabridged
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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.

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

  • If only they had been able to live up to the glory of presidential progress!

  • 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.

  • But his glory was growing dim and his power was withering into dust.

  • The cash book seemed to be

    father and mother, wife and child, comfort and consolation, joy and glory of both of them.

  • Like other young men, he was at first more attracted by glory and science than by the vanities of life.

  • The Government of England will never rise to so exalted a pitch of glory, nor will its end be so fatal.

  • There’s not a trade agoing,Worth knowing or showing,Like that from glory growing!Says the bold soldier boy.

British Dictionary definitions for glory


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

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

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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