Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities.
  • n. Vain, ostentatious display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Excessive vanity.
  • n. Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities.
  • n. Vain, ostentatious display.
  • n. A regarding of oneself with undue favor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excessive vanity excited by one's own performances; empty pride; undue elation of mind; vain show; boastfulness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To indulge in vain boasting.
  • n. Extravagant pride or boastfulness; tendency to exalt one's self or one's own performances unduly; inflated and pretentious vanity; vain pomp or show.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. outspoken conceit

Etymologies

Middle English vein glory, from Old French vaine gloire, from Latin vāna glōria, empty pride : vāna, feminine of vānus, empty; see vain + glōria, glory, pride.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English waynglori ("worthless glory"), from Old French vaine glorie, from Medieval Latin vana gloria, from Latin vana ("empty", "groundless", "boastful") + gloria ("fame", "ambition", "boasting"), apparently modelled after similar terms in Germanic languages. Compare Old English īdel wuldor ("vain glory") and īdelġielp ("vainglory"). (Wiktionary)

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