Definition of Gloria in English:



  • 1A Christian liturgical hymn or formula beginning (in the Latin text) with Gloria.

    • ‘Sometimes the entire congregation sang the Gloria, sometimes a choir or soloists.’
    • ‘Thus, the reader should say the antiphon, followed by the canticle, then the Gloria Patri, and then the antiphon again.’
    • ‘They sang the Gloria in Excelsis antiphonally, dividing the lines between high and low voices.’
    1. 1.1 The hymn beginning Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory be to God in the highest), forming a set part of the Mass.
      • ‘When the Ministers have said the Gloria at the altar, they go to sit in the sanctuary until the choir has finished singing.’
      • ‘All four have six sections: they open with a choral Kyrie and continue with a Gloria in which three solo arias are framed by two choruses with full choir and instrumental complement.’
      • ‘As shown above, Bach combined the Kyrie and Gloria into the Missa, according to the common practice of that time.’
      • ‘At midnight mass we blasted out the Kyries, Glorias and Sanctus’, sometimes in three-part harmony.’
    2. 1.2 The doxology beginning Gloria Patris (Glory be to the Father), used after psalms and in formal prayer (e.g. in the rosary).
      • ‘If it is to be said, the Gloria now follows: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.’
      • ‘In fact, after the priest silently said the Gloria or Credo he would sit down until the music was finished.’


Latin, ‘glory’.