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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Glo"ri*ous
  1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; splendid; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds."These are thy glorious works, Parent of good !" [Milton.]
  2. Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.(Obs)"Most miserable Is the desire that's glorious." [Shak.]
  3. Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.(Colloq)"kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O'er all the ills of life victorious." [Burns.]"During his office treason was no crime, The sons of Belial had a glorious time." [Dryden.]
    synonyms: Eniment; noble; excellent; renowned; illustrious; celebrated; magnificent; grand; splendid.
    "Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously." [Ex. xv. 21.]"I speak it not gloriously, nor out of affectation." [B. Jonson.]

Etymology: OF. glorios glorious, F. glorieux, fr. L. gloriosus. See Glory (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Having great beauty and splendor ("a glorious spring morning" and "a glorious sunset")
  2. Having or deserving or conferring glory ("a long and glorious career" and "our glorious literature")
  3. Characterized by grandeur ("a glorious work of art")

Anglo-Norman and Old French glorius et al., from Latin glōriōsus. Displaced native Middle English wuldrig, from Old English.

glorious was also found in the following language(s): Old French

Notable Persons Named Glorious

Glorious Godfrey is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Glorious

Marco Glorious is a celebrity, actor, model (people), singing, personality, model, and singer. Marco was given the name Marco Glorious Khare on May 23rd, 1984 in New York City.


Fun Facts about the name Glorious

  • How Popular is the name Glorious? Glorious is the 22,060th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Glorious have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 293 babies born with the first name Glorious in the United States. That's more than enough people named Glorious to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Glorious? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1925 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Glorious first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Glorious is Thursday, April 7th, 1898.
  • What year had the most people named Glorious born? The highest recorded use of the first name Glorious was in 1948 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Glorious: Your name in reverse order is Suoirolg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lrosuogi. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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