- 1 [mass noun] Great delight, especially from one’s own good fortune or another’s misfortune: his face lit up with impish gleeMore example sentences
delight, pleasure, happiness, joy, joyfulness, gladness, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, cheerfulness, amusement, mirth, mirthfulness, merriment, joviality, jollity, jocularity; excitement, animation, gaiety, high spirits, exuberance, verve, liveliness, triumph, jubilation, relish, satisfaction, gratification; German Schadenfreude• humorous delectation
- Too often their misfortunes are met with glee, a schadenfreude that is quite horrifying.
- Of course e-cards and virtual flowers are also welcome with great amounts of joy and glee.
- Between each new variation comes another burst of jubilant glee.
- 2A song for men’s voices in three or more parts, usually unaccompanied, of a type popular especially circa 1750–1830.More example sentences
- Later, boys were paid to sing treble parts at meetings of glee clubs, and glees for SATB became more common.
- Instrumental tutors were published and glees (simple part-songs for male voices) became popular.
- Women were still restricted to the parlor, where they played keyboard instruments and the ‘English guitar’ and sang solos and a range of polite glees for upper and mixed voices.
Old English glēo 'entertainment, music, fun', of Germanic origin.