- A place, such as a cupboard, for storing odds and ends.
- The opening of a furnace used in glassblowing.
- A vertical mine shaft or pit used for mining ore.
- Vulgar Slang A hole in a wall, especially in a bathroom stall or a booth, used for engaging in anonymous sexual activity.
Origin of glory holeOriginally untidy storage place, lazaret glory of unknown meaning ( perhaps akin to Scots glaury muddy ) ( from glaur mud ) (but later influenced by glory honor, halo, perhaps in reference to the glow of a glassblowing furnace ) hole