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Definition of glory noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] fame, praise, or honor that is given to someone because they have achieved something important Olympic glory in the 100 meters I do all the work and he gets all the glory. She wanted to enjoy her moment of glory. He came home a rich man,covered in glory.
  2. 2[uncountable] praise and worship of God “Glory to God in the highest!”
  3. 3[uncountable] great beauty The city was spread out beneath us in all its glory. The house has now been restored to its former glory.
  4. 4[countable] a special cause for pride, respect, or pleasure The temple is one of the glories of ancient Greece. Her long black hair is her crowning glory (= most impressive feature). see also reflected glory
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: glory