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gleed

[gleed] /glid/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a glowing coal.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English gleed(e), Old English glēd; cognate with German Glut, Old Norse glōth; akin to glow

glee2

[glee] /gli/
verb (used without object)
1.
to squint or look with one eye.
noun
2.
a squint.
3.
an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English glien, gleen; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gljā to shine
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British Dictionary definitions for gleed

gleed

/ɡliːd/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a burning ember or hot coal
Word Origin
Old English glēd; related to German Glut, Dutch gloed, Swedish glöd

glee

/ɡliː/
noun
1.
great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else's misfortune
2.
a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voices Compare madrigal (sense 1)
Word Origin
Old English gléo; related to Old Norse glӯ
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Word Origin and History for gleed

glee

n.

Old English gliu, gliw "entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport," presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly "joy;" probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of "unaccompanied part-song" (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.

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Encyclopedia Article for gleed

glee

(from Old English gleo: "music" or "entertainment," used in this sense in Beowulf), vocal composition for three or more unaccompanied solo male voices, including a countertenor. It consists of several short sections of contrasting character or mood, each ending in a full close, or cadence, and its text is often concerned with eating and drinking. In style it is homophonic-i.e., based on chords rather than on interwoven melodies. Although the first composer to use the term for a musical work was John Playford (1652), the glee flourished from about 1740 to about 1830. By the late 18th century, glees were also composed for mixed voices (male and female). The term is also loosely applied to various vocal compositions of the 17th-19th centuries that do not conform to these characteristics-e.g., the instrumentally accompanied part-songs by Henry Bishop

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