Definitions

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

  • n. Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
  • n. Something conferring honor or renown.
  • n. A highly praiseworthy asset: Your wit is your crowning glory.
  • n. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
  • n. Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence: The sun set in a blaze of glory.
  • n. The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
  • n. A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity: ancient Rome in its greatest glory.
  • n. A halo, nimbus, or aureole. Also called gloriole.
  • intransitive v. To rejoice triumphantly; exult: a sports team that gloried in its hard-won victory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great beauty or splendour, that is so overwhelming it is considered powerful.
  • n. Honour and valour.
  • n. Worship or praise, as in glory to God.
  • n. Optical phenomenon caused by water droplets.
  • n. Victory; success.
  • v. To exult with joy; to rejoice.
  • v. To boast; to be proud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Praise, honor, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; honorable fame; renown.
  • n. That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honor; that which brings or gives renown; an object of pride or boast; the occasion of praise; excellency; brilliancy; splendor.
  • n. Pride; boastfulness; arrogance.
  • n. The presence of the Divine Being; the manifestations of the divine nature and favor to the blessed in heaven; celestial honor; heaven.
  • n. An emanation of light supposed to proceed from beings of peculiar sanctity. It is represented in art by rays of gold, or the like, proceeding from the head or body, or by a disk, or a mere line.
  • intransitive v. To exult with joy; to rejoice.
  • intransitive v. To boast; to be proud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Exalted praise, honor, or distinction accorded by common consent to a person or thing; honorable fame; renown; celebrity.
  • n. A state of greatness or renown; exaltation; magnificence; pomp.
  • n. Brightness; splendor; luster; brilliancy.
  • n. The eternal splendor and happiness of heaven; celestial bliss.
  • n. Distinguished honor or ornament; that of which one boasts or may boast; that of which one is or may be proud; peculiar distinction; pride.
  • n. An attribute, adjunct, characteristic, quality, or action that renders glorious or illustrious: chiefly in the plural: as, the glories of a great reign; the glories of the stage.
  • n. A state of glorying; exultant elation; vainglory.
  • n. Pride of purpose; laudable ambition.
  • n. In religious symbolism, a mark of great dignity, consisting of a combination of the nimbus and the aureola—that is, of the luminous halo (nimbus) encircling the head of the Deity, of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, and more rarely and less properly of saints, etc., and the radiance or luminous emanation (aureola) encompassing the whole person. Popularly, it is frequently confounded with the nimbus. See aureola, nimbus.
  • n. A concentered burst of sunlight through clouds, as after a storm; a sunburst; a luminous glow of reflected light upon clouds.
  • n. Synonyms Fame, Renown, Honor, Glory. Fame is simply report, repute, whereby one is made widely known for what one is, does, etc.; it may be good or bad, and is thus essentially the same as celebrity: as, an evil fame attaches to all traitors. Renown expresses the same idea through the notion that one is named again and again by the same persons and continually by new persons; it may be bad, but is generally good. Fame may be a weak word, but renown is always strong. Honor is the least external of these words, indicating often only a respectful frame of mind toward another: as, to hold one in honor. The word, however, sometimes has the meaning of a wide and excellent fame. It is the only one of the series that means acts or words of tribute. Glory is superlative fame or honor, but not necessarily of wide extent.
  • To exult; rejoice: always with in.
  • To be boastful; exult arrogantly: always with in.
  • To make glorious; glorify; magnify and honor.
  • To defile; make dirty.

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

  • v. rejoice proudly
  • n. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
  • n. a state of high honor
  • n. brilliant radiant beauty

Etymologies

Middle English glorie, from Old French, from Latin glōria.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English glory, glorie, from Old French glorie ("glory"), from Latin glōria ("glory, fame, renown, praise, ambition, boasting"), from Proto-Indo-European *glōs-, *gals-, *galos- (“voice, cry”). Cognate with Ancient Greek κλέος (kléos, "rumor, report"), Old English ceallian ("to cry out, shout, call"). More at call. (Wiktionary)

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  • the Beloved, the Indwelling = Shekinah, praise

    July 22, 2009

  • I always think "for thine is the the Kingdom and the power and the glory".

    October 26, 2007

  • glory is not an empty word it is full of joy and reflections of Christ. The dictionary put it as full of praise, honor offered in worship, heavenly bliss, rejoice

    October 25, 2007

  • whom having not seen you love, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
    1 Peter 1:8

    October 25, 2007

  • One of the most empty words I know.

    April 22, 2007