1 [glad]
adjective, gladder, gladdest.
feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion; glad tidings.
characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), gladded, gladding.
Archaic. to make glad.

before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth

gladly, adverb
gladness, noun

1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.

1–3. sad. Unabridged


2 [glad]
gladiolus ( def 1 ).

1920–25; by shortening Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
glad1 (ɡlæd)
adj (foll by to) (foll by of) , gladder, gladdest
1.  happy and pleased; contented
2.  causing happiness or contentment
3.  very willing: he was glad to help
4.  happy or pleased to have: glad of her help
vb , gladder, gladdest, glads, gladding, gladded
5.  an archaic word for gladden
[Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely]

glad2 (ɡlæd)
informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie

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Word Origin & History

O.E. glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from P.Gmc. *glathaz (cf. O.N. glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," O.Fris. gled, Du. glad "slippery," Ger. glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghledho- "bright, smooth" (cf. L. glaber "smooth, bald," O.C.S. gladuku, Lith. glodus "smooth"), from PIE base *ghlei- "to shine,
glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam). The modern sense is much weaker. Gladden is O.E. gladian "be glad, make glad" + -en. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902. Glad hand "the hand of welcome" (often used cynically) is from 1895.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with glad, also see give someone the once-over (glad eye); not suffer fools gladly.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But this week marine biologists received some glad tidings, which may help to
  preserve a few more such places.
Official newspapers were probably glad not to have to second-guess censors'
  concerns about that kind of imagery.
Plus, they have other cool talents and interests that make us glad to have them
  as our new friends.
Glad to be here in happier times, begin your saunter downhill to the harbor.
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