Sunlight streams into a forest glade.
An example of a glade is a clearing in the middle of a redwood forest.
- an open space in a wood or forest
- an everglade
Origin of gladeMiddle English from glad, glad: origin, originally sense probably “bright, smooth place,” use similar to German lichtung, glade from licht, light, French clairière from clair, clear
- An open space in a forest.
- A tract of marshland.
Origin of gladeMiddle English perhaps from glad bright and shining ; see glad 1.
From Middle English, glāde (“A gleam of light, bright space, an open space; an open or cleared space in a forest; a bright patch of sky; a bright surface of snow or ice”), also glode, glede, from Old English glæd (“shining, bright”), (cf Old Norse glaðr (“bright”)).