Definitions

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

  • adjective Having or deserving glory; famous.
  • adjective Conferring or advancing glory.
  • adjective Characterized by great beauty and splendor; magnificent.
  • adjective Delightful; wonderful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of glory; characterized by attributes, qualities, or achievements that are worthy of or receive glory; of exalted excellence or splendor; illustrious; resplendent.
  • Full of boasting; boastful; vainglorious; haughty; ostentatious.
  • Eager for, or striving after, glory or distinction.
  • Recklessly jolly; hilarious; elated: generally applied to a tipsy person.
  • Synonyms Preëminent, distinguished, famous, magnificent, grand, splendid, radiant, brilliant.

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

  • adjective Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; splendid; illustrious; inspiring admiration.
  • adjective obsolete Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
  • adjective colloq. Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.

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

  • adjective Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds.
  • adjective Splendid; resplendent; bright; shining, as the sun, gold, or other shiny objects.
  • adjective obsolete Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
  • adjective colloquial Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.

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

  • adjective characterized by grandeur
  • adjective having great beauty and splendor
  • adjective having or deserving or conferring glory

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman and Old French glorius et al., from Latin glōriōsus. Replaced native Middle English wuldrig, from Old English.

Examples

  • He does not like the term glorious ', which was invented, he says, by journalists.

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  • Belton, to hold themselves in readiness to obey his summons, on the likelihood there is of room for what he calls glorious mischief.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • "This is what I call glorious," said Ned, as he opened a can of condensed milk and passed it around.

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  • They had been successful the past winter and had sold their furs for a good price, and now Johnnie had plenty of money and was having what he termed a glorious good time, spending from ten to forty dollars a day.

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  • They had been successful the past winter and had sold their furs for a good price, and now Johnnie had plenty of money and was having what he termed a glorious good time, spending from ten to forty dollars a day.

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  • The wagons had been emptied, and grain and meal stored under cover; horses and bullocks had a good feed, and one of the wagons was demolished for firewood, our whole force revelling in what they called a glorious roast of beef.

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  • In later Greece -- in what we call the glorious period -- toil had gathered about it its modern crust of supposed baseness -- it was left to slaves; and wise men, in their philosophic lecture-rooms, spoke of it as unworthy of the higher specimens of cultivated humanity.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

  • I know that feyther, both before and after his removal to Lunnon, used to make us all drink the '' Ard ware of Old Hingland '-- by witch, "she proceeded, correcting herself by a reproving glance from the sheriff --" by witch he meant what he called the glorious sinews of the country at large, lestwise in the manufacturing districts.

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  • Warns Belford, Mowbray, Tourville, and Belton, to hold themselves in readiness to obey his summons, on the likelihood there is of room for what he calls glorious mischief.

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 1

  • And finally, if you just couldn't stand watching the original Star Trek on the CBS site, you can now watch full episodes in 'glorious' YouTube format on YouTube!

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  • having great beauty and splendor.

    October 31, 2007