Definition of ad majorem Dei gloriam in English:

ad majorem Dei gloriam

(also ad maiorem gloriam Dei, ad maiorem Dei gloriam, ad majorem gloriam Dei)

adverb

  • To the greater glory of God. Used especially as a dedicatory formula.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From post-classical Latin ad maiorem Dei gloriam, lit. ‘to the greater glory of God’ from classical Latin ad + maiōrem, accusative of maior greater + Deī, genitive of Deus God + glōriam, accusative of glōria.

Pronunciation:

ad majorem Dei gloriam

/ad mʌɪˌ(j)ɔːrəm ˌdeɪiː ˈɡlɔːrɪəm/