English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English glorious, from Anglo-Norman glorius and Old French glorïos, from Latin glōriōsus. Displaced native Middle English wulderful, from Old English wuldorfull (glorious), among other terms. Equivalent to glory +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔː.ɹi.əs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔɹ.i.əs/
  • (file)
  • (obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɒ.ɹi.əs/[1]
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹiəs

Adjective edit

glorious (comparative more glorious or gloriouser, superlative most glorious or gloriousest)

  1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory.
    glorious deeds
  2. Excellent, wonderful; delightful.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker []; [a]nd by Robert Boulter []; [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], →OCLC:
      These are thy glorious works, Parent of good.
    • 2012 August 23, Alasdair Lamont, “Hearts 0-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Borini missed another glorious opportunity to give his side the lead after brilliant set-up play by Sterling, but with only the exposed keeper to beat, he struck the post.
  3. Bright or shining;
    Synonyms: splendid, resplendent, bright, shining
  4. (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction
  5. (obsolete) Excessively proud or boastful.
    Synonyms: haughty, boastful, ostentatious, vainglorious
  6. (archaic, colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.

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Translations edit

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References edit

  1. ^ Dobson, E. J. (1957) English pronunciation 1500-1700[1], second edition, volume II: Phonology, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1968, →OCLC, page 485.

Middle English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman glorius, glorios, glorieus, from Latin glōriōsus; equivalent to glory +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɡlɔːriˈuːs/, /ˌɡlɔriˈuːs/
  • (with reduction) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔːrius/, /ˈɡlɔrius/, /-rjus/

Adjective edit

glorious (comparative gloriousere, superlative gloriosest)

  1. Recognised, acclaimed, well-known; having an excellent reputation.
  2. Deserving religious recognition or commendation; godly.
  3. Marvelous or wonderful to the senses: attractive, pleasing.
  4. Amazing, great; possessing quality or a good reputation.
  5. (rare) Vain, bragging, self-aggrandising.

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Descendants edit

  • English: glorious

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Old French edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Latin glōriōsus.

Adjective edit

glorious m (oblique and nominative feminine singular gloriouse) (Anglo-Norman)

  1. glorious
    • 13th century, Unknown, La Vie de Saint Laurent, page 11, column 2, line 2:
      dunc dist Damnedeu glorious
      so, he says [to] glorious God

Declension edit