glory Definition

  • 1high renown or honor won by notable achievements
  • 2magnificence or great beauty
  • 3a thing that is beautiful or distinctive; a special cause for pride, admiration, or delight

Using glory: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "glory" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He basked in the glory of his victory.

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    The glory of the sunset was breathtaking.

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    The new museum is a glory of modern architecture.

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    The team's glory days are behind them.

glory Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for glory

Idioms Using glory

  • to take great pleasure or pride in something


    He glories in his ability to speak five languages fluently.

  • to win/earn/win sb. glory

    to achieve a notable success or victory that brings honor or recognition


    Her performance in the Olympics won her glory and fame around the world.

  • to steal someone's thunder

    to take credit for someone else's accomplishments or ideas


    She was furious when her colleague stole her thunder and presented her idea as his own.

Phrases with glory

  • glory be!

    an exclamation of surprise, shock, or amazement


    Glory be! I can't believe you did that!

  • in all one's glory

    in a state of complete splendor or magnificence


    The queen arrived in all her glory, wearing a stunning gown and a diamond tiara.

  • to achieve a notable success or victory, often at the cost of one's life or well-being


    The soldiers knew they might not survive the battle, but they were determined to go down in glory.

Origins of glory

from Old French 'glorie', from Latin 'gloria'


Summary: glory in Brief

The term 'glory' [ˈɡlɔːri] refers to high renown or honor won by notable achievements, as well as magnificence or great beauty. It can also denote a thing that is beautiful or distinctive, such as 'The new museum is a glory of modern architecture.' 'Glory' extends into phrases like 'glory be!' and idioms like 'to glory in something,' denoting pride or pleasure, and 'to win/earn/win sb. glory,' implying notable success or victory.

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