Definition of glory in US English:


nounPlural glories

  • 1High renown or honor won by notable achievements.

    ‘to fight and die for the glory of one's nation’
    • ‘The fact that they probably will is to be a short-lived glory.’
    • ‘If he survived this he would bring greater glory to himself.’
    • ‘This group of young lads are to be congratulated on bringing honour and glory to their parishes.’
    • ‘We shall fight not for glory or honour, but for the very sovereignty of our kingdom!’
    • ‘Now its up to the bunch of players to regain the lost Olympic glory.’
    • ‘This terrifying vision fits perfectly well with the desire for honour and glory that the neo-conservative gentlemen covet.’
    • ‘Straussians are believers in glory and honour - pre-modern values.’
    • ‘The heroic deeds of this brave and noble Irishman have brought honour and glory to his native land.’
    • ‘His greatest wish would be that they would carry the torch in the years ahead and lead his club to further honour and glory.’
    • ‘They came from two proud rival cities, with honour, glory and passion at stake.’
    • ‘Prisons, for all their horrors, were about loyalty to the cause, about honour, about glory.’
    • ‘On one hand, everyone had a chance for a little glory.’
    • ‘One can't help but suspect that the motive behind the Italian researcher's efforts is rooted in gaining glory and renown rather than altruism.’
    • ‘The honour and glory of the colours were now fore-most in the players mind.’
    • ‘Moreover, his character suggests that he was neither a power monger, nor a glory seeker.’
    • ‘Newspapers said she had showered her motherland with glory and honour, and dignitaries clamoured for her presence.’
    • ‘If it's about glory, style and achievement than the current regime is a massive failure.’
    • ‘It will be nice to see a good attendance showing support for this bunch of young fellows who have brought honour and glory to their parishes.’
    • ‘He also delighted in seeing the girls team achieve such honour and glory over the past five years.’
    • ‘For club and county it is about bringing honour and glory to one's native heath, family, friends and neighbours and the people you were brought up with.’
    renown, fame, prestige, honour, distinction, kudos, eminence, pre-eminence, acclaim, acclamation, celebrity, praise, accolades, laurels, recognition, note, notability, credit, repute, reputation, name, illustriousness, lustre
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  • 2Magnificence or great beauty.

    ‘the train has been restored to all its former glory’
    • ‘It has lost its Royal status but not his beauty and glory.’
    • ‘Retaining its magnificence and glory, Surakarta Keraton, along with the Mangkunegaran Fort, has continued to serve as a symbol of Javanese culture.’
    • ‘It is said that, Poseidon, the god of the seas, gave the sunken civilisation the power to exist and flourish beneath the sea, until it could be returned to its former glory.’
    • ‘This system has been found to be the most suited for restoring to the art forms their former glory, by enabling revivals, innovations and creative elaboration.’
    • ‘The owners of the building that houses the main Post Office want to spend £100,000 on restoring the town centre landmark to its former glory.’
    • ‘After the recent copious rains, it has regained its past glory and filled up almost to the brim.’
    • ‘The committee can feel proud of their efforts and this award is due recognition for the amount of hard work and time that was invested in restoring the Shrine to it's former glory so to speak.’
    • ‘But when the sports teams fled and the hi-tech craze bottomed out taking so many lives with it, what was left was the shell of former economic glory.’
    • ‘The eventual aim is to restore Swindon's stately home to its former Georgian glory.’
    • ‘It is the original Atlantic Coastline station and has been restored to its original beauty and glory.’
    • ‘If Lottery backing is approved, a five-year project will see the grounds of the Georgian stately home restored to their former glory.’
    • ‘The fountain, donated to the town in 1882 by textile giant George Courtauld, has been dismantled and taken away for renovation to be reinstated later in its former glory.’
    • ‘Bright blues, reds and yellows streak the canvas depicting beauty in all its glory.’
    • ‘Experts predict that around $2 million will be needed to restore this majestic lady to her former glory.’
    • ‘And, in its bizarre, magnificent glory, it's a startling and exciting sight.’
    • ‘If we are successful, we can begin to restore this once majestic ancient woodland to its former glory.’
    • ‘We work very hard to restore this magnificent building to its former glory and this is a very obvious setback.’
    • ‘The fabric of the century-old castle, built for a wealthy English industrialist, is crumbling and more than £5m needs to be spent to restore it to its former glory.’
    • ‘Work has begun to return a Scarborough beauty spot to its former glory with a £100,000 facelift by engineers.’
    • ‘The great Chinese traveller Huien Tsang visited this place and wrote of its glory and beauty.’
    magnificence, splendour, resplendence, grandeur, majesty, greatness, impressiveness, gloriousness, nobility, pomp, stateliness, sumptuousness, opulence, beauty, elegance, brilliance, gorgeousness, splendidness
    wonder, beauty, delight, wonderful thing, glorious thing, marvel, phenomenon
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    1. 2.1often glories A thing that is beautiful or distinctive; a special cause for pride, respect, or delight.
      ‘the glories of Paris’
      • ‘One of the glories of this great nation is that we have this kind of choice to make.’
      • ‘Her compositions were childish compared to the glories of baroque counterpoint.’
      • ‘The film is full of sun-drenched vineyards and the glories of the grape.’
      • ‘This is best secured by enabling people to appreciate the glories of our wildlife at first hand.’
      • ‘Gutted architectural glories, their frescoes scraped back to the stone, stable horses.’
      • ‘The artist's light fantastic works are shining examples of the glories of glass.’
      • ‘It must have been difficult for him to turn his back on the glories of Granada.’
      • ‘What has a city to offer, even the fading beauty of Kyoto, in comparison to such glories?’
      • ‘The cathedral has had a choir since 1296 and music remains one of its glories.’
      • ‘One of the glories of cinema is its great aesthetic and cultural diversity.’
      • ‘To see the glories of the ancient world, you need to visit the Egyptian Museum in the centre of Cairo.’
      • ‘Worshippers claimed that it transported them back to the mystical glories of the candlelit cathedral.’
      • ‘One of the glories about the Lebanon, as we have discovered, is that you can get a taxi anywhere - as the country is so small and cheap.’
      • ‘It all adds up to a real treasure trove, and a fine summary of the glories of European cinema.’
      • ‘He is certainly not the first celebrity chef to traipse over the border to celebrate the glories of Scottish food.’
      • ‘Perhaps too many feel daunted by the new charging system and forgo the chance to experience the glories of the building.’
      • ‘Driving north from Fort William, then west from Invergarry, the trip takes you through the glories of Glen Shiel.’
      • ‘Why not prepare for the heat and import some of the other glories of a Continental summer?’
      wonder, beauty, delight, wonderful thing, glorious thing, marvel, phenomenon
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    2. 2.2 The splendor and bliss of heaven.
      ‘with the saints in glory’
      • ‘For example, Christians generally believe that you will live in sedate glory alongside the Lord Almighty and his holy entourage in heaven.’
      • ‘To give too much attention to the world was to overlook part of the glory that lay in Heaven.’
      • ‘An infinite world of heavenly glory awaits us every time we lift our hearts up to heaven to worship Jesus and receive his love.’
      • ‘Christ comes in glory to make all creation whole and safe.’
      • ‘Hymns, praising the glories of heaven and the peace of all God's creatures in his halls.’
      • ‘They experience spiritual bliss and divine glory according to their individual spiritual capacities.’
      • ‘We give thanks for those whose gifts and labours have helped rebuild this holy place and to make it again an image of the glory of heaven.’
      • ‘The return of Christ in power and glory is the greatest expected future event.’
      • ‘This is an example of the ways in which Satan and his followers attempt to mimic the glory and splendor of heaven in hell.’
      • ‘The only glory of which he has spoken will come in heaven, after his resurrection.’
      • ‘One side showed the resurrected Christ in full glory.’
      • ‘As Jesus prays, heaven's glory opens and God's Spirit-dove descends upon him.’
      • ‘All we can know is that we are poor lost sinners and Jesus Christ came from glory to save such.’
      • ‘The incentive of gaining glory and escaping hell - of desiring joy in heaven - is a perfectly valid and scriptural motivation.’
      • ‘As God's children, we are destined for nothing less than the glory of heaven.’
      • ‘Every desire is either a devout or a distorted enticement to the glory of heaven.’
      blessedness, blessing, benediction, heaven, paradise, heavenly joy, divine happiness, supreme happiness, divine rapture, beatitude, saintliness, sainthood
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  • 3Praise, worship, and thanksgiving offered to a deity.

    • ‘I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.’
    • ‘Adam and Eve were not only to glorify God in behavior, but they were to offer intelligent glory and praise to God.’
    • ‘Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!’
    • ‘To Him all praise, glory, and honour is forever due.’
    • ‘Please pray for us as we seek God's will - to his praise and glory through the Lord Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘There is not one thing that does not give glory to Him while praising and thanking Him.’
    • ‘Let us boldly proclaim and share the gospel - to the praise and glory of God alone.’
    • ‘Only Jesus could subsequently heal me of this, and to Him goes all glory and honor and praise!’
    • ‘We are to give glory to God through worship, serving others, and in the very way in which we live our lives.’
    • ‘‘These images inspire and challenge us to become fully human, which is the best way we can give honour and glory to God’.’
    • ‘The credit, the praise, the glory, and the thanks always go to God.’
    • ‘All thanks and praise, glory and honour, to yours at all times in every place.’
    • ‘Then let us live to your praise and glory, for the sake of the good news of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘His many friends are rejoiced at the happy fruition of his vocation, and will wish him many long years in the sacred ministry to work for the honour and glory of God.’
    • ‘All right, so the credit and the glory and the praise always belong to God.’
    • ‘The Lord is one and his name is one; name, glory and praise!’
    • ‘Above all, they bring most glory to God in our worship and service of Him.’
    • ‘To the One, Merciful God be praise and glory for ever.’
    praise, worship, glorification, adoration, veneration, honour, reverence, exaltation, extolment, homage, tribute, thanksgiving, thanks, blessing
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  • 4A luminous ring or halo, especially as depicted around the head of Jesus Christ or a saint.

    • ‘Colorado Plateau sandstone is nearly totemic in texture and color: voluptuously carved by wind and water, bared to a glory of sunset colors.’
    • ‘Diffusing glory with your rays, you have scaled the shining realm of heaven.’
    • ‘Our country, our homes and even our lives are all things of shadow which will one day disappear in the light of the glory of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Seen from space a sunrise takes on a glory all of its own, the dark shield burning like a crescent of fire-gold as the sun rose from beyond the curve of the horizon.’
    • ‘Contemplation of Christ's radiant glory could be taken in such a way as to point away from the suffering Christ, but this need not be so.’
    • ‘Sun is the shield of the clouds, and a shining glory, and the life long sorrow of ice.’
    • ‘The sun set in a glory, and twilight arrived with gracefully gleaming stars, and a full golden moon on the horizon.’
    • ‘Paul then became the final witness of the resurrected Christ by seeing his glory.’
    • ‘Your eyes will start shining with joy; your face will have a gleam, a glory.’


[no object]glory in
  • 1Take great pride or pleasure in.

    ‘they were individuals who gloried in their independence’
    • ‘Yet I'm feeling sad for all those who cannot glory in the beauty of Spring because their hearts are filled with despair, hatred and revenge.’
    • ‘In Johnson's England ambitious politicians had been cloaking themselves in patriotism since the 1730s, and George III himself had begun his reign glorying in the name of Britain.’
    • ‘Citizens of a newly formed Protestant nation that gloried in its hard won independence from Catholic Europe, they painted not for rich nobles, but for the common man.’
    • ‘It will leave you celebrating our national character and glorying in the beauty and oddness of the human spirit.’
    • ‘Political relics of the 70s are fomenting a ‘stop the tour’ wave of hysteria, glorying in the echoes of their salad days.’
    • ‘Others take pride in an array of quality cookware, or glory in the grunt under the bonnet.’
    take great pleasure in, exult in, rejoice in, delight in, revel in
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    1. 1.1 Exult in unpleasantly or boastfully.
      ‘readers tended to defend their paper or even to glory in its bias’
      • ‘There is nothing that they want or are asking for; they just are glorying in their destructive power.’
      • ‘She relished combat and gloried in opposition.’
      • ‘He is politically incorrect, and glories in it with ecstatic gloat.’
      • ‘And not that we should be glorying in that; we shouldn't.’
      • ‘Black-eyed and skeletal, she seemed to be almost glorying in her predicament.’
      rejoice at, rejoice in, take delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, find satisfaction in, take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, find joy in, enjoy, appreciate, revel in, glory in, bask in, delight in, relish, savour, luxuriate in, wallow in
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  • glory be!

    • 1Expressing enthusiastic piety.

      1. 1.1informal Used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.
      2. 1.2as noun(especially in Roman Catholic use) the doxology beginning “Glory be to the Father.”.
        • ‘Say a Hail Mary for each of the following smaller beads, and end the decade with the Glory Be.’
        • ‘She still knows how to pray to her Father in heaven because the Our Father is written on her heart. Likewise, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.’
        • ‘The Glory be was prescribed at the end of Psalms by the time of St. Benedict to emphasize that the object of all praise is the Trinity.’
  • in one's glory

    • informal In a state of extreme joy or exaltation.

      • ‘The wheels of time rolled back on the streets of the Capital on Sunday as magnificent motorcars of yesteryears basked in their glory at the annual Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally.’
      • ‘Beware of arrogance and vanity when you bask in your glory.’
      • ‘They were fresh, still stinging in their glory and bleeding from the skin deep slits.’
      • ‘Just a glimmer of hope, when India could have basked in his glory.’
      • ‘He should sit back and think about his career - he should bask in his glory.’
      • ‘And we denizens of the capital would be in our glory.’
      • ‘Even when I win, I really don't look at photos and bask in my glory and say, ‘Wow, I look great.’’
      • ‘Geneva had never felt so much like a queen and she basked in her glory.’
      • ‘But until then the Samurai are happy to bask in their glory.’
      • ‘I was still too busy relishing in my glory to notice he was seriously in trouble.’
      • ‘She filled out the return form and dropped it in the mailbox, then rushed back inside to bask in her glory.’
      • ‘I've broken a lot of records and standards and I feel happy about that - now I'm trying to bask in my glory.’
      • ‘He was in his glory now, the man with all the answers.’
      • ‘Ideologues are in their glory denouncing ‘corporate greed’ among drug companies.’
      • ‘But to take him out and talk about things and show him different trees and the pool and there, I'm in my glory.’
      • ‘Not that gloating or reveling in his glory would have done him much good.’
      • ‘Find a partner who can dance well, then just bask in her glory.’
  • go to glory

    • Die; be destroyed.

      • ‘Some Christians prefer to call this Final Preservation, since it is God who keeps us through faith until we go to glory.’
      • ‘Friends of mine of the same age are retiring - some have gone to glory.’
      • ‘He has convinced them that they go to glory when, in fact, they have signed up for a life of privation, stress and certain death.’
      • ‘Her farewell on that last night was prescient in more ways than one: ‘Goodbye, my friends, I go to glory!’’


Middle English: from Old French glorie, from Latin gloria.