Definition of glorious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlôrēəs/


1Having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration: the most glorious victory of all time
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  • It was a glorious way to bring up the century for the season.
  • Then this beginning expanded, building itself a palace, worthy of glorious praise.
  • That glorious event will finally bring life, light, fire and love to their complete fruition.
outstanding, great, magnificent, noble, triumphant
2Having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration: a glorious autumn day
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  • Sure, his inner beauty might be glorious, but visually he's more like a Quasimodo.
  • For sure it has a wealth of exceptional buildings and a glorious urban beauty.
  • He stood there for a few minutes looking onto the glorious beauty of the forest below.
wonderful, marvelous, magnificent, superb, sublime, spectacular, lovely, fine, delightful
informal super, great, stunning, fantastic, terrific, tremendous, sensational, heavenly, divine, gorgeous, fabulous, fab, awesome, ace, killer
literary wondrous, beauteous



Example sentences
  • One of the things that draws me to Brodie is the gloriousness of playing a woman in her 40s who gets up and looks at herself and thinks, ‘Today I look marvellous.’.
  • The one television station will be running back-to-back feature films that espouse the virtue of self-reliance and the gloriousness of the revolution.
  • He had never been a morning person before, but letting the beautiful sunrise pass without him absorbing its gloriousness in an area such as this seemed wasteful, from his perspective.


Middle English: from Old French glorieus, from Latin gloriosus, from gloria 'glory'.

Words that rhyme with glorious

censorious, laborious, meritorious, notorious, uproarious, uxorious, vainglorious, victorious

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Syllabification: glo·ri·ous

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