Definition of glory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡlɔːri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɔːri//
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  1. 1[uncountable] fame, praise or honour that is given to somebody because they have achieved something important Olympic glory in the 100 metres 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).
  5. see also reflected glory
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French glorie, from Latin gloria.Extra examples He covered himself in glory and came home a rich man. His moment of glory came when he won the Olympic downhill skiing event. I didn’t want to steal her glory, so I stayed in the background. It was 19-year-old David Hagan who stole the points and the glory with a brilliant goal in the closing minutes of the game. It’s my last ever tournament and I hope to go out in a blaze of glory! Quarterman’s glory days are long behind him. Seeing the Rockies in all their glory was an awesome experience. She basked in the reflected glory of her daughter’s success. The 18th-century building has been restored to its former glory. The city’s crowning glory is its Gothic cathedral. The force behind all Peter’s reforms was the greater glory of the Russian state. They are driven by a craving for personal glory. They built many churches, great and small, to the glory of God. Typical! I do all the work and she gets all the glory. Victory brought them glory, fame and riches. We remember the team’s glory days in the 1960s, when they won the World Cup. You cannot appreciate the bridge’s full glory by going over it; it is best viewed from below. young soldiers eager to win military glory Her long black hair is her crowning glory. The city was spread out beneath us in all its glory. The new soap opera was launched in a blaze of glory. The team’s glory days were in the 1980s when they won three European Cups.
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