1. Praise, honor, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; honorable fame; renown. Glory to god in the highest. (Luke II. 14) Spread his glory through all countries wide. (Spenser)
2. That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honor; that which brings or gives renown; an object of pride or boast; the occasion of praise; excellency; brilliancy; splendor. Think it no glory to swell in tyranny. (Sir P. Sidney) Jewels lose their glory if neglected. (Shak) Your sex’s glory ‘t is to shine unknown. (Young)
3. Pride; boastfulness; arrogance. In glory of thy fortunes. (Chapman)
4. The presence of the divine Being; the manifestations of the divine nature and favor to the blessed in heaven; celestial honor; heaven. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Ps. Lxxiii. 24)
5. An emanation of light supposed to proceed from beings of peculiar sanctity. It is represented in art by rays of gold, or the like, proceeding from the head or body, or by a disk, or a mere line.
this is the general term; when confined to the head it is properly called nimbus; when encircling the whole body, aureola or aureole. Glory hole, an opening in the wall of a glass furnace, exposing the brilliant white light of the interior.
(Science: botany) glory pea, a name given to several species of the verbenaceous genus Clerodendron, showy flowering shrubs of tropical regions.
Origin: oe. Glorie, OF. Glorie, gloire, f. Gloire, fr. L. Gloria; prob. Akin to gr, Skr. Ravas glory, praise, ru to hear. See Loud.