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From Middle English pride, from Old English prȳde, prȳte (pride) (compare Old Norse prýði (bravery, pomp)), derivative of Old English prūd (proud). More at proud. The verb derives from the noun, at least since the 12th century.



pride (countable and uncountable, plural prides)

  1. The quality or state of being proud; an unreasonable overestimation of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
  2. (often with of or in) A sense of one's own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; -- in a good sense.
    He took pride in his work.
    He had pride of ownership in his department.
    • (Can we date this quote by Macaulay?)
      A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Blake?)
      The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
  3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
    • (Can we date this quote by G. K. Chesterton?), Introduction to Aesop's Fables
      Pride goeth before the fall.
  4. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-congratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser?)
      lofty trees yclad with summer's pride
    • (Can we date this quote by Bible?), Zech. ix. 6
      I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
    • (Can we date this quote by Goldsmith?)
      a bold peasantry, their country's pride
  5. Show; ostentation; glory.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
      Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war.
  6. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
    • to be in the pride of one's life.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
      a falcon, towering in her pride of place
  7. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
  8. Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
  9. (zoology, collective) A company of lions or other large felines.
    A pride of lions often consists of a dominant male, his harem and their offspring, but young adult males 'leave home' to roam about as bachelors pride until able to seize/establish a family pride of their own.
  10. (zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
  11. Alternative letter-case form of Pride (festival for LGBT people).


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pride (third-person singular simple present prides, present participle priding, simple past and past participle prided)

  1. (reflexive) To take or experience pride in something; to be proud of it.
    I pride myself on being a good judge of character.
    • 1820 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
      Ichabod prided himself upon his dancing as much as upon his vocal powers. Not a limb, not a fibre about him was idle; and to have seen his loosely hung frame in full motion and clattering about the room you would have thought Saint Vitus himself, that blessed patron of the dance, was figuring before you in person.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pride in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)