[glawr-ee, glohr-ee]
noun, plural glories.
very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown: to win glory on the field of battle.
something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride: a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.
adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: Give glory to God.
resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of autumn.
a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.
verb (used without object), gloried, glorying.
to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in ): Their father gloried in their success.
Obsolete. to boast.
Also, glory be. Glory be to God (used to express surprise, elation, wonder, etc.).
glory days/years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like: the glory days of radio.
go to glory, to die. Also, go to one's glory.

1300–50; Middle English < Old French glorie < Latin glōria

gloryingly, adverb
self-glory, noun
self-glorying, adjective

1. fame, eminence, celebrity. 4. brilliance, refulgence, effulgence.

1. disgrace, obloquy. Unabridged
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glory (ˈɡlɔːrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consent: the glory for the exploit went to the captain
2.  something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)
3.  thanksgiving, adoration, or worship: glory be to God
4.  pomp; splendour: the glory of the king's reign
5.  radiant beauty; resplendence: the glory of the sunset
6.  the beauty and bliss of heaven
7.  a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
8.  halo another word for nimbus
vb (often foll by in) , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
9.  to triumph or exult
10.  obsolete (intr) to brag
11.  informal a mild interjection to express pleasure or surprise (often in the exclamatory phrase glory be!)
[C13: from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "magnificence," from O.Fr. glorie, from L. gloria "great praise or honor," of uncertain origin. Gk. doxa "expectation" (Homer), later "opinion, fame," and ultimately "glory," was used in Biblical writing to translate a Heb. word which had a sense of "brightness, splendor, magnificence, majesty,"
and this was subsequently translated as L. gloria, which has colored that word's meaning in most European tongues. Wuldor was an O.E. word used in this sense. Glory days was in use by 1980s; glorious is c.1300, from O.Fr. glorieus, from L. gloriosus "full of glory," from gloria. In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Glorified in the sense of "transformed into something better" is recorded from 1821.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Glory definition

(Heb. kabhod; Gr. doxa). (1.) Abundance, wealth, treasure, and hence honour (Ps. 49:12); glory (Gen. 31:1; Matt. 4:8; Rev. 21:24, 26). (2.) Honour, dignity (1 Kings 3:13; Heb. 2:7 1 Pet. 1:24); of God (Ps. 19:1; 29:1); of the mind or heart (Gen. 49:6; Ps. 7:5; Acts 2:46). (3.) Splendour, brightness, majesty (Gen. 45:13; Isa. 4:5; Acts 22:11; 2 Cor. 3:7); of Jehovah (Isa. 59:19; 60:1; 2 Thess. 1:9). (4.) The glorious moral attributes, the infinite perfections of God (Isa. 40:5; Acts 7:2; Rom. 1:23; 9:23; Eph. 1:12). Jesus is the "brightness of the Father's glory" (Heb. 1:3; John 1:14; 2:11). (5.) The bliss of heaven (Rom. 2:7, 10; 5:2; 8:18; Heb. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:1, 10). (6.) The phrase "Give glory to God" (Josh. 7:19; Jer. 13:16) is a Hebrew idiom meaning, "Confess your sins." The words of the Jews to the blind man, "Give God the praise" (John 9:24), are an adjuration to confess. They are equivalent to, "Confess that you are an impostor," "Give God the glory by speaking the truth;" for they denied that a miracle had been wrought.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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