- The definition of glory is great praise and recognition won by doing something important and the praise offered to God.
- An example of glory is when you save a child's life and are suddenly famous and praised by all.
- An example of glory is what the saints and angels enjoy in heaven.
- An example of glory is when you restore on old, falling down mansion and put it back to the magnificent state it was in, restoring its former glory.
- great honor and admiration won by doing something important or valuable; fame; renown
- anything bringing this
- worshipful adoration or praise
- the condition of highest achievement, splendor, prosperity, etc.: Greece in her glory
- radiant beauty or splendor; magnificence
- heaven or the bliss of heaven
- a halo or its representation in art
- any circle of light
Origin of gloryMiddle English glorie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin gloria
gone to glory
in one's glory
- Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
- Something conferring honor or renown.
- A highly praiseworthy asset: Your wit is your crowning glory.
- Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
- Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence: The sun set in a blaze of glory.
- The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
- A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity: ancient Rome in its greatest glory.
- A halo, nimbus, or aureole. Also called gloriole.
intransitive verbglo·ried, glo·ry·ing, glo·ries
Origin of gloryMiddle English glorie, from Old French, from Latin glōria.
- Great beauty or splendour, that is so overwhelming it is considered powerful.
- Honour, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; renown.
- That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honour.
- Worship or praise.
- Optical phenomenon caused by water droplets.
- Victory; success.
- An emanation of light supposed to proceed from beings of peculiar sanctity. It is represented in art by rays of gold, or the like, proceeding from the head or body, or by a disk, or a mere line.
(third-person singular simple present glories, present participle glorying, simple past and past participle gloried)
From Middle English glory, glorie, from Old French glorie (“glory”), from Latin glōria (“glory, fame, renown, praise, ambition, boasting”), from Proto-Indo-European *glōs-, *gals-, *galos- (“voice, cry”). Cognate with Ancient Greek κλέος (kléos, “rumor, report”), Old English ceallian (“to cry out, shout, call”). More at call.