AskDefine | Define glory

Dictionary Definition



1 a state of high honor; "he valued glory above life itself" [syn: glorification]
2 brilliant radiant beauty; "the glory of the sunrise" [syn: resplendence, resplendency]
3 an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint [syn: aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, gloriole] v : rejoice proudly [also: gloried]

User Contributed Dictionary



From gloria


  • /ˈglɔːɹi/, /"glO:ri/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːri


  1. Great beauty or splendour, of such overwhelmingness that it is considered powerful.
  2. Honour and valour.
  3. Worship or praise, as in glory to God.
  4. Optical phenomenon caused by water dropplets.


great beauty or splendour
honour and valour
  • Dutch: glorie , eer or , roem
  • Finnish: kunnia
  • French: gloire
  • Italian: gloria
  • Korean: 명예
  • Norwegian: glorie, ære
  • Old English: ar
  • Russian: слава, честь
  • Slovene: slava
  • Ukrainian: слава, честь
worship or praise
  • Dutch: lof, dankzegging
  • Finnish: ylistys
  • French: gloire
  • Italian: gloria
  • Norwegian: pris, ære
  • Russian: слава, хвала
  • Scottish Gaelic: cliù
  • Slovene: slava
  • Ukrainian: слава
optical phenomenon
  • Finnish: glooria
  • Norwegian: glorie


  1. To exult with joy; to rejoice.
    He says he glories in what happened, and that good may be done indirectly; but I wish he would not so wear himself out now he is getting old, and would leave such pigs to their wallowing.
  2. To boast; to be proud.


to exult with joy; to rejoice
to boast; to be proud

Extensive Definition

Glory may refer to:
In religion
  • Glory (religion), in Judeo-Christian religious tradition, the manifestation of God's presence; see also Hod (Kabbalah)
  • Glory, a term in Christian art for a halo surrounding the whole body of a person.
  • Glory Be to the Father, also known as , a Christian prayer, a doxology or short hymn of praise to God in various Christian liturgies
  • Glorification, term for the canonization of a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church
In music:
In film and television:
  • Glory (film), a 1989 film depicting the story of a regiment of African-American soldiers in the American Civil War
  • Glorificus or Glory, a goddess from a hell dimension on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In sport:
Other uses:
  • Glory (optical phenomenon), an optical phenomenon produced by light reflected toward its source by a cloud of uniformly-sized water droplets
  • Glory, in board wargaming, the Pacific War counterpart to the Europa series of games, and also the name of the first module in GMT Games' Gameplayers series of American Civil War games
  • HMS Glory, the name of various ships of the Royal Navy
  • Glory (comics), a comic book character in the Image Comics universe
  • Glory (satellite), an earth science satellite with a proposed 2009 launch date
  • Glory (board game), a board game designed by Richard Berg published by GMT Games
  • Glory (novel), a 1932 novel by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Glory or the Farr, a king's divine right to rule in Persian mythology
  • Imperial Glory, a computer game about the Napoleonic Wars
See also:
glory in Spanish: Gloria
glory in French: Glory
glory in Italian: Gloria
glory in Slovenian: Glory (razločitev)
glory in Russian: Глория

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babylonian splendor, Beulah, Beulah Land, Heaven, Land of Beulah, O, Paradise, a better place, acclaim, accolade, adoration, adulation, annular muscle, annulus, anthelion, antisun, apotheosis, areola, aura, aureole, beauty, benediction, bepraisement, better world, blare, blaze, blaze of glory, blazing light, blessing, blinding light, boast, bright light, brightness, brilliance, brilliancy, brilliant light, burst of light, caper, caracole, carol, celebrity, chaplet, character, charisma, chirp, chirrup, circle, circlet, circuit, circumference, circus, clap hands, closed circle, congratulation, consequence, corona, coronet, countersun, credit, crow, crow over, crown, cycle, dance, dazzling light, deification, delight, diadem, dignity, discus, disk, distinction, eclat, effulgence, elaborateness, elegance, eloge, eminence, encomium, envelope, esteem, eternal home, eternal return, eternity, eulogium, eulogy, exaltation, excellence, excessive praise, exult, fairy ring, fame, famousness, figure, flamboyance, flattery, flood of light, frisk, frolic, fulgor, gambol, garland, glamour, glare, glaring light, gloat, gloat over, glorification, gorgeousness, grandeur, grandiosity, grandness, gratitude, great honor, greatness, halo, happy hunting ground, heaven above, heavenly kingdom, hero worship, heroism, high heaven, holiness, homage, hommage, honor, idolatry, idolizing, illustriousness, immortality, immutability, imposingness, impressiveness, infinite goodness, infinite justice, infinite love, infinite mercy, infinite power, infinite wisdom, infinity, joy, jubilate, kingdom come, kingdom of God, kingdom of glory, kingdom of heaven, kudos, lasso, laud, laudation, lavishness, light, lilt, lionizing, loftiness, logical circle, loop, looplet, lunar corona, lunar halo, luster, luxuriousness, luxury, magic, magic circle, magnanimity, magnification, magnificence, majesty, meed of praise, memorability, mock moon, mock sun, moon dog, mystique, name, nimbus, nobility, noose, notability, noteworthiness, notoriety, notoriousness, numinousness, omnipotence, omnipotency, omnipresence, omniscience, omnisciency, orbit, ornament, otherworld, overpraise, paean, pageantry, panegyric, paraselene, parhelic circle, parhelion, plushness, pomp, popularity, poshness, praise, presence of God, prestige, prominence, proudness, publicity, radiance, radiancy, radiant splendor, radius, rainbow, realm of light, reclame, recognition, refulgence, refulgency, rejoice, relish, remarkableness, renown, report, reputation, repute, resplendence, resplendency, revel, reverence, ring, ritziness, rollick, romp, rondelle, round, roundel, salience, saucer, show off, sing, skip, skip for joy, solar corona, solar halo, sovereignty, sphincter, splendidness, splendiferousness, splendor, state, stateliness, streaming light, sublimity, sumptuousness, sun dog, thanksgiving, the Promised Land, the bubble reputation, the happy land, the world above, tribute, triumph, ubiquity, unity, veneration, vicious circle, vividness, vogue, wheel, whistle, worship, wreath
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