American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Jubilant delight; joy.
- n. Music A part song scored for three or more usually male and unaccompanied voices that was popular in the 18th century.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Exultant or playful exhilaration; demonstrative joy or delight; merriment; mirth; gaiety.
- n. Music; minstrelsy. See gleeman.
- n. A musical instrument.
- n. In music, a composition for three or more solo voices, without accompaniment, usually in two or three contrasted movements, and adapted to any kind of metrical text, not necessarily joyful. The structure of a glee is seldom truly contrapuntal, but considerable independence of the parts is essential; the former characteristic distinguishes it from the madrigal, the latter from the part-song. The glee is essentially of English origin and cultivation, and its best period was from 1760 to 1830. Synonyms Joy, Joviality, etc. (see
hilarity)', exhilaration, jollity, jocularity, sportiveness.
- See gley.
- n. uncountable Joy; merriment; mirth; gaiety; particularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast.
- n. uncountable Music; minstrelsy; entertainment.
- n. music, countable An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices, not necessarily merry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Music; minstrelsy; entertainment.
- n. Joy; merriment; mirth; gayety; paricularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast.
- n. (Mus.) An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices. It is not necessarily gleesome.
- n. great merriment
- n. malicious satisfaction
- From Middle English gle, from Old English glēo, glīġ, glēow, glīw ("glee, pleasure, mirth, play, sport; music; mockery"), from Proto-Germanic *glīwan (“joy, mirth”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰlew- (“to joke, make fun, enjoy”). Cognate with Scots gle, glie, glew ("game, play, sport, mirth, joy, rejoicing, entertainment, melody, music"), Old Norse glȳ ("joy, glee, gladness"), Ancient Greek χλεύη (chleúē, "joke, jest, scorn"). A poetic word in Middle English, the word was obsolete by 1500, but revived late 18c. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gle, entertainment, from Old English glēo; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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