Glory definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary


Word forms: plural, 3rd person singular present
tense glories

, present participle glorying

, past tense, past participle gloried

1. uncountable noun

Walsham had his moment of glory when he won a 20km race.

…we were still basking in the glory of our Championship win.

2. plural noun

A person’s


are the


when they have done something people greatly


which makes them



The album sees them re-living past glories but not really breaking any new ground.

…the military glories of Frederick the Great.

3. uncountable noun [with poss]

The glory of something is its great beauty or impressive nature.

The glory of the idea blossomed in his mind. [+ of]

4. countable noun [usually plural]
The glories of



or place are the things that people admire most about it.

…a tour of Florence, to enjoy the artistic glories of the Italian Renaissance. [+ of]

One of the glories of the island has always been its bird population.

5. verb

If you

glory in

a situation or activity, you


it very much.

The workers were glorying in their new-found freedom. [VERB + in]
He does not glory in his past successes and looks forward to achieving more. [VERB in noun]

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glory in British



nounWord forms: plural -ries1. 

the glory for the exploit went to the captain


something that brings or is


of praise (esp in the phrase

crowning glory



the glory of the king’s reign


the glory of the sunset

verbWord forms: -ries, -rying or -ried9. (intransitive; often foll by in)

10. (intransitive) obsolete

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C13: from Old French


from Latin


of obscure origin

glory in American



nounWord forms: plural ˈglories1. 

anything bringing this


the condition of highest


, splendor, prosperity, etc.

Greece in her glory


heaven or the bliss of heaven

verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈgloried or ˈglorying

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So perhaps we should enjoy the glory of the setting sun. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Does it make sense to revisit past glories? Times, Sunday Times (2010)The legendary jumps ace has six great chances of glory on his final visit. The Sun (2015)There is great glory and beauty in not being your own. Christianity Today (2000)We are playing for glory and honour. Peter McEvoy For Love or Money (2006)Who will have the glory of being crowned the winner? The Sun (2013)She just tried to shine in the reflected glory of worthy relatives. The Sun (2009)We have enough quality players to score the goals we need to bring glory home. The Sun (2006)They put all that effort in and they know the moment of glory is transient. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The peregrine is a flying banner for the glory of the place he lives in. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
All hopes of gain and glory had to be relinquished. Higonnet, Anne Berthe Morisot (1990)Or do you go for personal glory? Times, Sunday Times (2009)Some leaders chase fame and glory from the very beginning. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He enjoys it and he enjoys the reflected glory that comes with it. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The football club is more important than us and the glory and success is more important than us. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This showers all the more glory on the great crowd who did manage to bring one or two home. Times, Sunday Times (2012)England have had eight years to realise that looking back on past glories is no way to guarantee future success. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Today companies seeking to win their own Olympic glory are somewhat more cute about it. Times, Sunday Times (2006)If you peer hard enough through the pall of smog that squats over this city, you can sight glory and smell triumph. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Without financial fair play, dreams of European glory remain open to anyone with deep enough pockets. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They will clash on the track because they are such fierce competitors and both fighting hard for World Championship glory. The Sun (2010)A doctor spoke to him for 30 minutes, recalling his moments of military glory. Times, Sunday Times (2012)


The paths of glory lead but to the graveThomas Gray Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we comeWilliam Wordsworth Intimations of Immortality
To the greater glory of God (ad majorem Dei gloriam) Motto of the Society of Jesus

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Translations for ‘glory’

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Glory is fame and admiration that you get for an achievement.

It was her moment of glory.

  • American English: glory
  • Arabic: مَجْد
  • Brazilian Portuguese: glória
  • Chinese: 荣誉
  • Croatian: slava
  • Czech: sláva
  • Danish: ære
  • Dutch: glorie
  • European Spanish: gloria
  • Finnish: kunnia

  • French: gloire
  • German: Ruhm
  • Greek: δόξα
  • Italian: gloria
  • Japanese: 栄誉
  • Korean: 영광
  • Norwegian: ære
  • Polish: sława

  • European Portuguese: glória
  • Romanian: glorie
  • Russian: слава
  • Latin American Spanish: gloria
  • Swedish: ära
  • Thai: ความมีชื่อเสียง
  • Turkish: zafer
  • Ukrainian: слава
  • Vietnamese: sự huy hoàng


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