- Pride is the state of holding one's self or another in high esteem.
An example of pride is the feeling a parent has when his child graduates from college.
- The definition of a pride is a group of lions.
An example of pride is the family of lions in The Lion King.
- Pride is defined as to indulge in feelings of self satisfaction.
An example of pride is to be extremely content with one's sewing skills.
- an unduly high opinion of oneself; exaggerated self-esteem; conceit
- haughty behavior resulting from this; arrogance
- proper respect for oneself; sense of one's own dignity or worth; self-respect
- delight or satisfaction in one's own or another's achievements, in associations, etc.
- a person or thing in which pride is taken
- the best of a class, group, society, etc.; pick; flower
- the best part; prime: in the pride of manhood
- mettle (in a horse)
- a group or family (of lions)
- Informal any impressive group
- magnificence; splendor
- Obs. sexual desire
Origin of prideMiddle English ; from Old English pryte ; from prut, proud
pride oneself on
- A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.
- Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association: parental pride.
- Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment; haughtiness.
- a. A cause or source of pleasure or satisfaction; the best of a group or class: These soldiers were their country's pride.b. The most successful or thriving condition; prime: the pride of youth.
- An excessively high opinion of oneself; conceit.
- Mettle or spirit in horses.
- Zoology A group of lions, usually consisting of several related females and their offspring and a small number of unrelated adult males.
- A flamboyant or impressive group: a pride of acrobats.
transitive verbprid·ed, prid·ing, prides
Origin of prideMiddle English, from Old English pr&ymacron;de, from pr&umacron;d, proud; see proud.
(countable and uncountable, plural prides)
- The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
- (often with of or in) A sense of one's own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; -- in a good sense.
- He took pride in his work.
- He had pride of ownership in his department.
- Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
- That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-gratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children etc.
- (zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
- Show; ostentation; glory.
- Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
- Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
- Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
- (zoology) A company of lions.
(third-person singular simple present prides, present participle priding, simple past and past participle prided)
- (reflexive) To take or experience pride in something, be proud of it.
- I pride myself on being a good judge of character, but pride goes before the fall and I'm not a good judge of my own character so I'm often wrong without knowing it.
From Middle English pride, from Old English prÈ³de, prÈ³te (“pride") (compare Old Norse prÃ½Ã°i (“bravery, pomp")), derivative of Old English prÅ«d (“proud").