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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pride
A small European lamprey (Petromyzon branchialis); -- called also prid, and sandpiper.

Etymology: Cf. AS. lamprede, LL. lampreda, E. lamprey

noun Pride
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  1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank, etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others."Those that walk in pride he is able to abase." [Dan. iv. 37.]" Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt." [Franklin.]
  2. 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."Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride." [Goldsmith.]"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." [Macaulay.]
  3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain."Let not the foot of pride come against me." [Ps. xxxvi. 11.]"That hardly we escaped the pride of France." [Shak.]
  4. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-gratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc."Lofty trees yclad with summer's pride." [Spenser.]"I will cut off the pride of the Philistines." [Zech. ix. 6.]"A bold peasantry, their country's pride." [Goldsmith.]
  5. Show; ostentation; glory." Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war." [Shak.]
  6. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory; as, to be in the pride of one's life."A falcon, towering in her pride of place." [Shak.]
  7. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness; hence, lust; sexual desire; esp., an excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.(Obs)
    synonyms: Self-exaltation; conceit; hauteur; haughtiness; lordliness; loftiness.

Usage: Pride Vanity. Pride is a high or an excessive esteem of one's self for some real or imagined superiority, as rank, wealth, talents, character, etc. Vanity is the love of being admired, praised, exalted, etc., by others. Vanity is an ostentation of pride; but one may have great pride without displaying it. Vanity, which is etymologically “emptiness,” is applied especially to the exhibition of pride in superficialities, as beauty, dress, wealth, etc.

Etymology: AS. prȳte; akin to Icel. prȳði honor, ornament, pr��a to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf. W. prydus comely. See Proud

verb Pride
To indulge in pride, or self-esteem; to rate highly; to plume; -- used reflexively.
verb Pride
To be proud; to glory.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  2. The trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
  3. A feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  4. Satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements ("he takes pride in his son's success")
  5. A group of lions
  6. Be proud of ("He prides himself on making it into law school")
Wiktionary

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.

  1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit 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 in his work.
    He had of ownership in his department.
  3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
  4. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-gratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children etc.
  5. (zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
  6. Show; ostentation; glory.
  7. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
  8. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
  9. Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
  10. (zoology, collective) A company of lions.

Notable Persons Named Pride

Pride was born in 1974.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Pride

Charley Pride is a country music and gospel music singer, musician, recording artist, performer, business owner, and businessperson. He was most active from 1966 to present. Charley was given the name Charley Frank Pride on March 18th, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, United States.

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Dickie was born on October 21st, 1941 in Thornton Heath. He left this life on March 26th, 1969.

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Curtis Pride is a baseball player. Curtis was born on December 17th, 1968 in Washington, D.C.

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Mary was born in 1955.

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Dicky was born on July 15th, 1969. Dicky is also known as Pride, Richard Fletcher, and III.

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Alfred M. Pride is a military person. His military service ended in 1959.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pride U.S.
  White 41.06% 64.26%
  African American 52.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.31% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

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People with the last name Pride are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Pride

  • How Popular is the name Pride? Pride is the 39,413th most popular name of all time. As a last name Pride was the 4,908th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Pride have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 83 babies born with the first name Pride in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pride 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 Pride? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1953 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Pride first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pride is Saturday, August 12th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Pride born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pride was in 1970 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Pride: Your name in reverse order is Edirp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Repid. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pride? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,172 people with the last name Pride.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pride? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Pride as their last name.

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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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