General English


  • noun fame and honour as a result of a great achievement (such as winning a battle)


  • In Renaissance drama a tableau depicting a god descendingto the stage in a shower of light. A drum-and-shaftsystem would be used to lower the actor, who stood on one of severalplatforms painted to represent the heavens.

Origin & History of “glory”

Latin glōria had two separate descendants in Old French: glore, which produced modern French gloire, and glorie, which English took over via Anglo-Norman. The source of the Latin word, which is also the ancestor of Italian and Spanish gloria and Irish Gaelic glōir, is not known. The now obsolete English sense ‘pride’, inherited from Latin, is preserved in vainglorious (15th c.).