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[glawr-ee-uh s, glohr-] /ˈglɔr i əs, ˈgloʊr-/
delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable:
to have a glorious time at the circus.
conferring glory:
a glorious victory.
full of glory; entitled to great renown:
England is glorious in her poetry.
brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid:
a glorious summer day.
Archaic. blissfully drunk.
Origin of glorious
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French glorieus < Latin glōriōsus. See glory, -ous
Related forms
gloriously, adverb
gloriousness, noun
quasi-glorious, adjective
quasi-gloriously, adverb
superglorious, adjective
supergloriously, adverb
supergloriousness, noun
unglorious, adjective
ungloriously, adverb
3. famous, famed, renowned, illustrious, noted, celebrated, eminent, distinguished.
1. unpleasant, disgusting. 3. unknown. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glorious
  • Cerritos cannot boast a glorious history, old money or natural beauty.
  • It was once thought that light pollution only affected astronomers, who need to see the night sky in all its glorious clarity.
  • Most of the time, however, it was pretty glorious science.
  • Add to this the almost vertical body, with tail extended in line, and glorious blue legs and feet.
  • The twilight was a glorious gold, fading to a cool blue-gray.
  • On a temporary stage a succession of speakers talk about the country's glorious history.
  • The author did a glorious job getting me into the book.
  • And, similarly, a large deficit might also be motivating if you think you've got what it takes to stage a glorious comeback.
  • Well, he took streetcars to work and raised chickens out in the backyard as a hobby, a remembrance of glorious things past.
  • It's equal parts glorious invention and absurd annoyance.
British Dictionary definitions for glorious


having or full of glory; illustrious
conferring glory or renown: a glorious victory
brilliantly beautiful
delightful or enjoyable
(informal) drunk
Derived Forms
gloriously, adverb
gloriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glorious

late 13c., from Anglo-French glorious, Old French glorieus (12c., Modern French glorieux), from Latin gloriosus "full of glory, famous," from gloria (see glory). In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Related: Gloriously.

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