Definition of glorious in US English:

glorious

adjective

  • 1Having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration.

    ‘the most glorious victory of all time’
    • ‘The city combines beauty with picturesque association of a glorious past.’
    • ‘It is time to get over our memories about the brief ignominious period and look forward to a much more glorious future.’
    • ‘This event was hailed as a glorious triumph, in which all of mankind was united in celebration.’
    • ‘He has presided over the transition of the team from one glorious generation to the next in exemplary fashion.’
    • ‘They had sailed back to England the following week after a glorious victory at Crecy.’
    • ‘He loved being wound up, made the impending victory all the more glorious.’
    • ‘It was a glorious way to bring up the century for the season.’
    • ‘This is the tenth anniversary of a glorious victory - and it is also a memorial.’
    • ‘To burden you with so many new things will lead to a tragic end rather then a glorious future.’
    • ‘It would be tragic if we backed off now, when revolution is gathering momentum for a glorious victory.’
    • ‘This, friends, is the glorious future he has spread out before him.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there are already those predicting a glorious future for him in the paid ranks.’
    • ‘For one club the journey home will be triumphant and glorious for the other it will be mournful and bitter.’
    • ‘He even anchored the Canadian 4x100m relay team to glorious victory over the Americans.’
    • ‘Rarely, however, has potential upset turned into such glorious victory in the time it takes the eye to close and re-open.’
    • ‘He is the last member of a glorious tradition and a legend by himself.’
    • ‘Then this beginning expanded, building itself a palace, worthy of glorious praise.’
    • ‘So, in his honour, we take time out today to mourn his passing and celebrate his brief but glorious career.’
    • ‘That glorious event will finally bring life, light, fire and love to their complete fruition.’
    • ‘The blues has a complex and glorious history, but does it have a future?’
    illustrious, celebrated, famous, famed, renowned, acclaimed, distinguished, honoured, eminent, excellent, outstanding, great, magnificent, splendid, impressive, noble, supreme, sublime, triumphant
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  • 2Having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.

    ‘a glorious autumn day’
    • ‘Strolling into the glorious sunshine, we were immediately impressed by the sights.’
    • ‘Since we left at four in the morning, I got a glorious view the sun rise over the jungle.’
    • ‘For sure it has a wealth of exceptional buildings and a glorious urban beauty.’
    • ‘I anticipated a glorious view from the summit or some clearing where I could see Sligo from this new vantage.’
    • ‘Letting out a sigh, she turned to the lake, silently viewing its glorious wonders.’
    • ‘It is well reputed for its fine teaching but the pinnacle of its fame is its glorious chapel with its murals of intricate artwork.’
    • ‘He stood there for a few minutes looking onto the glorious beauty of the forest below.’
    • ‘The weather was glorious, the view amazing, the food delicious.’
    • ‘It was her first visit to the glorious city and I was keen to get her initial impression.’
    • ‘Just the thing for Swaledale's glorious and famous traditional hay meadows which are best in June and July.’
    • ‘Sure, his inner beauty might be glorious, but visually he's more like a Quasimodo.’
    • ‘We can thank author Elisabeth Beresford for making famous this glorious expanse of open space.’
    • ‘I think that's all the news this morning, apart from the fact that it's finally stopped raining and it's a glorious autumn day.’
    • ‘But it is a glorious late autumn afternoon, and the study window is open.’
    • ‘You can lounge in the bath and look out the window to glorious views to the west and south-west over the roofs of the oldest part of Tunbridge Wells.’
    • ‘Instead they have been brought back to their glorious best and rehabilitated as homes, offices, cafés and shops.’
    • ‘The fresh green leaves in spring will turn a glorious golden yellow in autumn and are light and easy to sweep up when they finally fall.’
    • ‘Like me, many of the hotel guests simply wanted to unwind, chill out and view the glorious changing scenery.’
    • ‘In less than a mile it takes in glorious views of Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and Princes Street Gardens.’
    • ‘The Hampden of that time was glorious in its shabby splendour.’
    • ‘America is supposedly a land of great natural beauty but I have found nothing to compare with those glorious Welsh hills.’
    • ‘In addition, the tree has beautiful peeling bark not unlike that of Eucalyptus species, and glorious autumn colour.’
    wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, sublime, spectacular, lovely, excellent, fine, delightful, enjoyable, pleasurable
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French glorieus, from Latin gloriosus, from gloria ‘glory’.

Pronunciation

glorious

/ˈɡlôrēəs//ˈɡlɔriəs/