What does glory mean?

Definitions for glory
ˈglɔr i, ˈgloʊr iglo·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glory, glorificationnoun

    a state of high honor

    "he valued glory above life itself"

  2. glory, resplendence, resplendencynoun

    brilliant radiant beauty

    "the glory of the sunrise"

  3. aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, glory, glorioleverb

    an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint

  4. gloryverb

    rejoice proudly


  1. glorynoun

    Great beauty or splendour, that is so overwhelming it is considered powerful.

  2. glorynoun

    Honour and valour.

  3. glorynoun

    Worship or praise, as in glory to God.

  4. glorynoun

    Optical phenomenon caused by water droplets.

  5. gloryverb

    To exult with joy; to rejoice.

  6. gloryverb

    To boast; to be proud.

  7. Etymology: From glory, glorie, from glorie, from gloria, from glōs-. Cognate with κλέος, ceallian. More at call.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glorynoun

    Etymology: gloire, French; gloria, Latin.

    Glory to God in the highest. Luke ii. 14.

    Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to thy glory. Psal. lxxiii. 24.

    Then enter into glory, and resume
    His seat at God’s right hand, exalted high
    Above all names in heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Think it no glory to swell in tyranny. Philip Sidney.

    Glory is like a circle in the water,
    Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
    ’Till by broad spreading it disperse to nought. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    And with that word and warning soon was dight,
    Each soldier longing for near coming glory. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

    Can we imagine that either the ambition of princes, or interest, or gain in private persons, or curiosity and the desire of knowledge, or the glory of discoveries, could ever move them in that endless time to try their fortunes upon the sea. Burnet.

    Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Matt. vi. 29.

    Treated so ill, chas’d from your throne,
    Returning, you adorn the town;
    And with a brave revenge do show
    Their glory went and came with you. Edmund Waller.

    Aristotle says, that should a man under ground converse with works of art, and be afterwards brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would pronounce them the works of God. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Now sleeping flocks on their soft fleeces lie;
    The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky. Alexander Pope, Winter.

    From opening skies may streaming glories shine,
    And saints embrace thee with a love like mine. Alexander Pope.

    It is not a converting but a crowning grace; such an one as irradiates, and puts a circle of glory about the head of him upon whom it descends. Robert South, Sermons.

    A smile plays with a surprising agreeableness in the eye, breaks out with the brightest distinction, and sits like a glory upon the countenance. Jeremy Collier, of the Aspect.

    By the vain glory of men they entered into the world, and therefore shall they come shortly to an end. Wisd. xiv. 14.

    The success of those wars was too notable to be unknown to your ears, to which all worthy fame hath glory to come unto. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

  2. To Gloryverb

    To boast in; to be proud of.

    Etymology: glorior, Latin.

    With like judgment glorying when he had happened to do a thing well, as when he had performed some notable mischief. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    They were wont, in the pride of their own proceedings, to glory, that whereas Luther did but blow away the roof, and Zuinglius batter but the walls of popish superstition, the last and hardest work of all remained, which was to raze up the very ground and foundation of popery. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 42.

    Let them look they glory not in mischief,
    Nor build their evils on the graves of great men;
    For then my guiltless blood must cry against them. William Shakespeare.

    Your glorying is not good. 1 Cor. v. 6.

    Thou hast seen mount Atlas,
    While storms and tempests thunder on its brow,
    And oceans break their billows at its feet,
    It stands unmov’d, and glories in its height. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    This title is what I most glory in, and what most effectually calls to my mind the happiness of that government under which I live. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 1.

    If others may glory in their birth, why may not we, whose parents were called by God to attend on him at his altar? Francis Atterbury.

    No one is out of the reach of misfortune; no one therefore should glory in his prosperity. Clarissa.


  1. Glory

    Glory is a song by American rapper Jay-Z featuring his daughter Blue Ivy Carter (credited as B. I. C.) and background vocals from Pharrell Williams. Produced by The Neptunes, it premiered on Jay-Z's official website LifeandTimes.com on January 9, 2012, two days after his wife Beyoncé Knowles gave birth to the couple's first child Blue. "Glory" impacted US urban contemporary radio stations on January 17, 2012. The melodic hip hop is an emotional homage to Jay-Z's baby girl and wife. Lyrically, "Glory" is about the experience and the happiness of becoming a father for the first time. It also details the heartbreak the couple suffered over a previous miscarriage. The song opens with Blue's first heartbeat, and includes a sample of Blue's cries towards the end. The song contains samples from "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World", written and performed by rapper Keith Murray.


  1. glory

    Glory is a state of great honor, admiration, and renown that is earned or bestowed upon someone or something due to exceptional achievements, qualities, or actions. It is often associated with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and recognition. Glory can be obtained through personal accomplishments, such as winning a competition or achieving a goal, or it can be bestowed by others who acknowledge and appreciate someone's contributions or virtues. It can also refer to the positive reputation or fame associated with a person, group, or thing that is held in high esteem by others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glorynoun

    praise, honor, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; honorable fame; renown

  2. Glorynoun

    that quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honor; that which brings or gives renown; an object of pride or boast; the occasion of praise; excellency; brilliancy; splendor

  3. Glorynoun

    pride; boastfulness; arrogance

  4. Glorynoun

    the presence of the Divine Being; the manifestations of the divine nature and favor to the blessed in heaven; celestial honor; heaven

  5. Glorynoun

    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

  6. Glorynoun

    to exult with joy; to rejoice

  7. Glorynoun

    to boast; to be proud

  8. Etymology: [OE. glorien, OF. glorier, fr. L. gloriari, fr. gloria glory. See Glory, n.]


  1. Glory

    Glory is a 1989 American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on the personal letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, and the novels Lay This Laurel, by Lincoln Kirstein, and One Gallant Rush, by Peter Burchard. The story is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War. The film was co-produced by TriStar Pictures and Freddie Fields Productions, and distributed by Tri-Star Pictures in the United States. It premiered in limited release in the US on December 14, 1989, and in wide release on February 16, 1990, making $26,828,365. It was considered a moderate financial success taking into account its $18 million budget. The soundtrack, composed by James Horner in conjunction with the Boys Choir of Harlem, was released on January 23, 1990. The home video was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. On June 2, 2009, a widescreen Blu-ray version, featuring the director's commentary and deleted scenes, was released.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glory

    glō′ri, n. renown: honour: the occasion of praise: an object of pride: excellency: splendour: brightness: in religious symbolism, a combination of the nimbus and the aureola, but often erroneously used for the nimbus: a burst of sunlight: a luminous glow of reflected light upon clouds: vain-glory: (B.) the presence of God: the manifestation of God to the blessed in heaven: heaven.—v.i. to boast: to be proud of anything: to exult:—pa.p. glō′ried.adj. Glō′ried (Milt.), illustrious, honourable.—ns. Glō′riole, a halo or glory; Gloriō′sa, a genus of Liliaceæ, of which the best-known species, a native of India, is a herbaceous perennial, with beautiful red and yellow flowers.—adj. Glō′rious, noble, splendid: conferring renown: (coll.) elated, tipsy.—adv. Glō′riously.—ns. Glō′riousness; Glō′ry-hole, an opening through which to see the inside of a furnace: a place for concealing articles of value; Glō′rying, boasting; Glō′ry-pea, a leguminous Australian plant with red flowers. [O. Fr. glorie—L. gloria (for cloria), akin to clarus, from root of L. cluēre, Gr. klu-ein, to be famed; Eng. loud.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. glory

    The five senses of the dead.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GLORY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Glory is ranked #70403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Glory surname appeared 278 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Glory.

    43.1% or 120 total occurrences were White.
    20.5% or 57 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    15.4% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.
    8.9% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    6.1% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
    5.7% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glory' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4169

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glory' in Nouns Frequency: #1987

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glory in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of glory in a Sentence

  1. Birthday:

    On your birthday, I pray that you feel His presence working in your life and that you are filled with the wonder and glory of God’s unfailing love for you.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

  3. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.

  4. Jeff King:

    Father Josiah Trenham said. The incident took place on April 12, some four months after a terror attack left 14 dead in nearby San Bernardino, and just over three months before a French priest was killed by ISIS-linked jihadists in his church. The events, whether far or near, underscore a grim new reality for pastors such as Father Josiah Trenham : Instead of offering sanctuary from evil, churches could in fact be attractive targets for terror. Many churches are now hiring self-defense instructors for classes or security guards that include off-duty police, said Ryan Mauro, a professor of Homeland Security at Liberty University and national security analyst for the Clarion Project. If you are an Islamist terrorist seeking self-glory, executing a priest will bring you more attention than executing an average civilian. While no lethal terror attacks have occurred inside a U.S. church to date, experts like Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, notes the threat tally is growing. I'm pretty sure there will be attacks in the future, until [ radical Islam is defeated ], we can expect Christians, including in the West, to rationally tighten security measures and try to protect themselves from attack. In February, Khial Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was arrested after Khial Abu-Rayyan told an undercover The FBI agent Khial Abu-Rayyan was preparing to shoot up a major church near Khial Abu-Rayyan home on behalf of ISIS. A month earlier, the Rev. Roger Spradlin of Valley Baptist Church – one of the biggest congregations in Bakersfield, Calif. – told attendees that they had received a threat written in Arabic. Undercover officers were then placed during worship services.

  5. Isaiah 401-8 Bible:

    Comfort ye, my people speak ye peace, thus saith our God. Comfort those who sit in darkness, mourning 'neath their sorrow's load. For the glory of the Lord now o'er earth is shed abroad and all flesh shall see the token that His word is never broken.

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