Glee



[glee] /gli/

noun
1.
open delight or pleasure; exultant joy; exultation.
2.
an unaccompanied part song for three or more voices, popular especially in the 18th century.
[glee] /gli/ Scot. and North England
verb (used without object)
1.
to squint or look with one eye.
noun
2.
a squint.
3.
an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.
/ɡliː/
noun
1.
great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else’s misfortune
2.
a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voices Compare madrigal (sense 1)
n.

Old English gliu, gliw “entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport,” presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly “joy;” probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of “unaccompanied part-song” (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.

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