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)
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.