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[gleyd] /gleɪd/
an open space in a forest.
Origin of glade
1520-30; akin to glad1, in obsolete sense “bright”
Related forms
gladelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glade
  • The cookout was not in a forest glade beside a rushing brook.
  • Bats were in the glade behind him, and he could hear the strange, persistent sound of their flight.
  • The camera seems especially interested in the sloping glade of trees behind the house.
  • Exhibits range from a tiger forest and a panther glade to an alligator bay and a backyard habitat.
  • The resort's centerpiece is an open-air slate hot tub overlooking the ocean, situated in a glade surrounded by trees.
British Dictionary definitions for glade


an open place in a forest; clearing
Derived Forms
gladelike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to glad1 (in obsolete sense: bright); see gleam
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Word Origin and History for glade

"clear, open space in a woods," c.1400, perhaps from Middle English glode (c.1300), from Old Norse glaðr "bright" (see glad). Original meaning would be "bright (because open) space in a wood" (cf. French clairière "glade," from clair "clear, bright;" German Lichtung "clearing, glade," from Licht "light"). American English sense of "marshy grassland" (e.g. Everglades) first recorded c.1796.

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