Meaning of “glory” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈɡlɔː.ri/ us /ˈɡlɔːr.i/


[ U ] praise and thanks, especially as given to God:

Glory be to God!
He dedicated his poetry to the glory of God.

C1 [ U ] great admiration, honour, and praise that you earn by doing something successfully:

He revelled in the glory of scoring three goals in the final eight minutes.
This was her final professional match, and she wanted to end her career in a blaze of glory.

[ C ] an important achievement that earns someone great admiration, honour, and praise:

The reunion is an opportunity for the soldiers to remember their past glories.

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(Definition of “glory” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈɡlɔr·i, ˈɡloʊr·i/

glory noun (ADMIRATION)

[ U ] great admiration, honor, and praise that you earn by achieving something, or something which deserves admiration or honor:

He basked in the glory of his victory.
Winning the championship was the crowning glory of her career (= it was her highest achievement).

glory noun (BEAUTY)

[ C/U ] great beauty, or something that is very beautiful or excellent:

[ U ] They are restoring the building to its former glory.
[ C usually pl ] the glories of ancient Egypt

(Definition of “glory” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)