Definition of pride in English:


Syllabification: pride
Pronunciation: /prīd


1A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired: the team was bursting with pride after recording a sensational victory a woman who takes great pride in her appearance
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  • She said: ‘Everyone has a real sense of achievement and pride and I'm so proud of my small team for their hard work and commitment.’
  • Yet, for all her many achievements, it's being part of Southampton's project to establish special schools from which she derives the most professional pride.
  • There are others, plenty of them, but with direct ties to every team left in the race for the Super Bowl, you can see why Lenti has to be close to bursting with pride.
pleasure, joy, delight, gratification, fulfillment, satisfaction, a sense of achievement
1.1The consciousness of one’s own dignity: he swallowed his pride and asked for help
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  • The Kalinka dance segment, accompanied by the popular Russian folk song and performed with flair and razor sharp precision, epitomised pride, dignity and honour.
  • But, have you ever had anyone try to make a mockery of you, try to take away your dignity, your pride, your own self-worth?
  • When he finally did reach the doorway he stood in it, glancing back at the room of his child, overcome with emotions of pride, fear, hope, happiness and also, loneliness.
self-esteem, dignity, honor, self-respect, self-worth, self-regard, pride in oneself
1.2The quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance: the sin of pride
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  • He's a talkative guy and obviously enamored with his own film, but in my opinion, that pride is justified.
  • The ancient Greeks had a word for it - hubris which means excessive pride, arrogance.
  • I had committed the cardinal sin of pride and this was my punishment.
1.3A person or thing that is the object or source of a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction: the swimming pool is the pride of the community
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  • The man known as the Clones Colossus is a source of deep pride in this community.
  • The pride of Carlow Town will come under review in 2002, when their commitment to flower power is put to the test as part of the annual Floral Pride Competition.
  • The pride of the park's collection are the Sumatran tigers, and their enclosure has been planned to give the animals space and privacy, while offering visitors an exciting view.
source of satisfaction, pride and joy, treasured possession, joy, delight
1.4 literary The best state or condition of something; the prime: in the pride of youth
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  • Our immediate predecessors saw them in their untamed state, in the vigor of their power, and the pride of their independence.
  • But in one who often contemplates the certainty of old age, the pride of youth will either vanish entirely or will be weakened.
  • She was now three and twenty, in the pride of womanhood, fulfilling the precious duties of wife and mother, possessed of all her heart had ever coveted.
best, finest, top, cream, pick, choice, prize, glory, jewel in the crown
2A group of lions forming a social unit.
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  • First in were wildebeest, zebras and giraffes, and then, after ten years, predators were introduced - two prides of lions, cheetahs and a pack of wild dogs.
  • Along the mighty Rufiji River there are eleven prides of lions.
  • A national park the size of the Netherlands, renowned for its numerous prides of black-maned lions and huge herds of plains game.


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Be especially proud of a particular quality or skill: she’d always prided herself on her ability to deal with a crisis
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  • True, she did not care much for her peers, but she always prided herself on her observation skills, and to have completely missed the fact that he was in one of her classes for two weeks already was a tad insulting.
  • The friendliness and atmosphere in their pub is something they have always prided themselves on.
  • I've always prided myself on not having chest infections - something of a concern to people who use wheelchairs, or at least those who have serious upper body limitations, like I have.
be proud of, be proud of oneself for, take pride in, take satisfaction in, congratulate oneself on, pat oneself on the back for


late Old English prȳde 'excessive self-esteem', variant of prȳtu, prȳte, from prūd (see proud).


one's pride and joy

A person or thing of which one is very proud and which is a source of great pleasure: the car was his pride and joy
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  • For many owners their leisure vehicle is their pride and joy, and we can't wait to see the amazing ways that they have developed them.
  • The Old Forge is their pride and joy and to witness the detail around their house, it is easy to understand why they are so comfortable at this beautiful spot.
  • Ma, the only one in the family who managed to enter university, was their pride and joy.

pride goes (or comes) before a fall

proverb If you’re too conceited or self-important, something will happen to make you look foolish.
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  • He said: ‘They say pride goes before a fall and it's very true.’
  • Whether pride goes before a fall, only the turbulent, testing year ahead will tell.
  • They say that pride comes before a fall and sure enough, after trumpeting my success at virus-hunting yesterday, the first words that greeted me at work this morning were, ‘That virus is back ’.

pride of place

The most prominent or important position among a group of things: the certificate has pride of place on my wall
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  • Craig Knowles prefers home to school and his action man on the motorbike has pride of place among his toys.
  • The framed certificate will take pride of place on the wall next to another golfing accolade.
  • Among weapons, the sword occupies pride of place as the symbol of knighthood, justice, and power.



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  • He said he would far prefer to see us be a ‘sympathetic friend of humanity rather than its stern and prideful schoolmaster.’
  • We're a prideful lot, us anglers, and my own trout fishing this year has been a perfect example of the folly of ignoring the invaluable advice of experienced local rods.
  • Truly great people are those who are grateful rather than prideful.


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  • I fired them all for not obeying me,’ Jamie said, his head tilted pridefully.
  • I turned back and she bowed gracefully, pridefully.
  • The lead illustration for his article is a page layout of five postcards of female Spanish singers, each wearing a mantilla and pridefully posing for the camera.

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