from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gladiolus.
  • adjective Experiencing or exhibiting joy and pleasure.
  • adjective Appreciative.
  • adjective Providing joy and pleasure.
  • adjective Very willing; pleased.
  • transitive & intransitive verb To gladden.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Gladness.
  • To make glad; gladden.
  • To be glad; rejoice.
  • Smooth; level; open. Compare glade.
  • Acting smoothly or freely; moving easily: as, a glad door or bolt.
  • In good condition; thriving.
  • Shining; bright; cheerful; wearing the appearance of joy: as, a glad countenance.
  • Feeling joy, pleasure, or satisfaction, especially with reference to some particular event; pleased; gratified; well contented; joyful: rarely used attributively in this sense, but usually in the predicate, where it is used absolutely or followed by of or at, or by an infinitive with to: as, to be glad of an opportunity to oblige a friend.
  • Causing joy or pleasure; giving satisfaction; pleasing.
  • Synonyms Joyous, delighted, animated, exhilarated.
  • Gladsome, cheering, exhilarating, animating. See gladness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make glad; to cheer; to gladden; to exhilarate.
  • adjective Pleased; joyous; happy; cheerful; gratified; -- opposed to sorry, sorrowful, or unhappy; -- said of persons, and often followed by of, at, that, or by the infinitive, and sometimes by with, introducing the cause or reason.
  • adjective [Colloq.] glad of it.
  • adjective Wearing a gay or bright appearance; expressing or exciting joy; producing gladness; exhilarating.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To be glad; to rejoice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective pleased, happy, satisfied
  • verb transitive To make glad; to cheer; to gladden; to exhilarate.

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

  • adjective showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy
  • adjective eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
  • adjective feeling happy appreciation
  • noun any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
  • adjective cheerful and bright


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

[Middle English, from Old English glæd; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old English glæd


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  • (spoken of doors, bolts &c., that go smoothly or easily) This bolt is glad, or moves gladly. - an old provincial usage from the north of England.

    May 2, 2011