Definition of glory in English:


Syllabification: glo·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈglôrē

noun (plural glories)

  • 2Magnificence; great beauty: the train has been restored to all its former glory
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    • Work has begun to return a Scarborough beauty spot to its former glory with a £100,000 facelift by engineers.
    • We work very hard to restore this magnificent building to its former glory and this is a very obvious setback.
    • The great Chinese traveller Huien Tsang visited this place and wrote of its glory and beauty.
    magnificence, splendor, resplendence, grandeur, majesty, greatness, nobility; opulence, beauty, elegance
  • 2.1 (often glories) A thing that is beautiful or distinctive; a special cause for pride, respect, or delight: the glories of Paris
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    • Her compositions were childish compared to the glories of baroque counterpoint.
    • This is best secured by enabling people to appreciate the glories of our wildlife at first hand.
    • It all adds up to a real treasure trove, and a fine summary of the glories of European cinema.
    wonder, beauty, delight, marvel, phenomenon; sight, spectacle
  • 2.2The splendor and bliss of heaven: with the saints in glory
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    • As Jesus prays, heaven's glory opens and God's Spirit-dove descends upon him.
    • They experience spiritual bliss and divine glory according to their individual spiritual capacities.
    • This is an example of the ways in which Satan and his followers attempt to mimic the glory and splendor of heaven in hell.
  • 3A luminous ring or halo, especially as depicted around the head of Jesus Christ or a saint.
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    • Our country, our homes and even our lives are all things of shadow which will one day disappear in the light of the glory of Jesus Christ.
    • The sun set in a glory, and twilight arrived with gracefully gleaming stars, and a full golden moon on the horizon.
    • Contemplation of Christ's radiant glory could be taken in such a way as to point away from the suffering Christ, but this need not be so.


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  • 1Take great pride or pleasure in: they were individuals who gloried in their independence
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    • Citizens of a newly formed Protestant nation that gloried in its hard won independence from Catholic Europe, they painted not for rich nobles, but for the common man.
    • Others take pride in an array of quality cookware, or glory in the grunt under the bonnet.
    • In Johnson's England ambitious politicians had been cloaking themselves in patriotism since the 1730s, and George III himself had begun his reign glorying in the name of Britain.
    take pleasure in, revel in, rejoice in, delight in; relish, savor; congratulate oneself on, be proud of, boast about, bask in
    informal get a kick out of, get a thrill out of
  • 1.1Exult in unpleasantly or boastfully: readers tended to defend their paper or even to glory in its bias
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    • He is politically incorrect, and glories in it with ecstatic gloat.
    • She relished combat and gloried in opposition.
    • Black-eyed and skeletal, she seemed to be almost glorying in her predicament.


glory be!

Expressing enthusiastic piety.
informal Used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.
(Glory Be) [as noun] (Especially in Roman Catholic use) the doxology beginning “Glory be to the Father.”.
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  • She was running with arms wide open and crying, ‘Daddy, Daddy, you have made it safe and sound, All Glory Be!’

go to glory

Die; be destroyed.
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  • Her farewell on that last night was prescient in more ways than one: ‘Goodbye, my friends, I go to glory!’
  • Some Christians prefer to call this Final Preservation, since it is God who keeps us through faith until we go to glory.
  • He has convinced them that they go to glory when, in fact, they have signed up for a life of privation, stress and certain death.

in one's glory

informal In a state of extreme joy or exaltation.
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  • Beware of arrogance and vanity when you bask in your glory.
  • The wheels of time rolled back on the streets of the Capital on Sunday as magnificent motorcars of yesteryears basked in their glory at the annual Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally.
  • But until then the Samurai are happy to bask in their glory.


Middle English: from Old French glorie, from Latin gloria.

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