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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
glee
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
glee club
hoot with laughter/glee/mirth etc
▪ He had the audience hooting with laughter.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
club
▪ He also sang with gusto in the school glee club, directed by Mildred Cobbledick, one of those favorites.
▪ Then ninety one day with the glee club and remedial arithmetic.
■ VERB
rub
▪ Thousands of people will be rubbing their hands with glee.
▪ I can see the disinfectant manufactures rubbing their hands with glee, confident of selling still stronger-smelling concoctions.
▪ Players' agents and satellite salesmen will be rubbing their hands with glee.
▪ And ace marksman Aldo is rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect.
▪ No doubt the outdoor equipment industry would rub its hands in glee at the thought of such a lucrative threat to its customers.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I rushed back to Terry, all glee.
▪ The class howled in glee as she spun and screamed and beat at her burning dress.
▪ The doctor was rubbing her hands, probably to warm them, but it looked like a gesture of glee and greed.
▪ Then they went at it with redoubled glee.
▪ There was a general tone of ill-concealed glee in the reporting of this most spectacular flop in the corporation's history.
▪ When you stop and he gets out, young women squeal with glee.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Glee

Glee \Glee\ (gl[=e]), n. [OE. gle, gleo, AS. gle['o]w, gle['o], akin to Icel. gl[=y]: cf. Gr. ? joke, jest.]

  1. Music; minstrelsy; entertainment. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  2. Joy; merriment; mirth; gayety; paricularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast.
    --Spenser.

  3. (Mus.) An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices. It is not necessarily gleesome.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
glee

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.

Wiktionary
glee

n. (context uncountable English) Joy; merriment; mirth; gaiety; particularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast.

WordNet
glee
  1. n. great merriment [syn: hilarity, mirth, mirthfulness, gleefulness]

  2. malicious satisfaction [syn: gloat, gloating]

Wikipedia
Glee

Glee means delight, a form of happiness.

Glee may also refer to:

  • Glee (music), an English type of song music
  • Glee (TV series), an American musical comedy-drama TV series, and related media
  • Glee (Bran Van 3000 album)
  • Glee (Logan Lynn album)
  • Glee.com, a social networking site for LGBT communities
  • Graph Layout Execution Engine (GLEE), an earlier version of Microsoft Automatic Graph Layout, a .NET library
  • OpenGL Easy Extension library (GLee), a C/C++ library
Glee (music)

A glee is an English type of part song spanning the late baroque, classical and early romantic periods. It is usually scored for at least three voices, and generally intended to be sung unaccompanied. Glees often consist of a number of short, musically contrasted movements and their texts can be convivial, fraternal, idyllic, tender, philosophical or even (occasionally) dramatic. Their respectable and artistic character contrasts with the bawdiness of many catches of the late 17th century, which were thought inappropriate in female company. Although most glees were originally written to be sung in gentlemen's singing clubs, they often included soprano parts—which were sung by boys (church choristers) in earlier years, and later by ladies who were often present, although only as guests. Glees as described above fall into a different musical category from traditional college songs or fight songs.

Glee (Logan Lynn album)

GLEE is the first full-length album originally released by Logan Lynn in 2000. Lynn re-released the record in 2005 on his own label, Logan Lynn Music, followed by a 2008 re-release on Beat the World Records.

Glee (Bran Van 3000 album)

Glee is the debut studio album by Canadian music collective Bran Van 3000. The Canadian version was released on 15 April 1997 through the Audiogram label, while the international version, slightly altered from the original, was released on 17 March 1998 through Capitol Records. The album contains the international hit " Drinking in L.A." and features hip hop supergroup The Gravediggaz on "Afrodiziak".

Glee was certified gold for sales of 50,000 copies by the CRIA on February 24, 1998. The album also won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year at the 1998 Juno Awards.

Glee (TV series)

Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality and race, relationships, and learning to become an effective team. The initial twelve-member cast included club director and Spanish teacher Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury ( Jayma Mays), Will's wife Terri ( Jessalyn Gilsig), and eight club members played by Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Jenna Ushkowitz. In subsequent seasons, the main cast has expanded to fourteen and fifteen members.

The series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, the latter of whom first conceived of Glee as a film. The three wrote all of the show's episodes for the first two seasons, and Murphy and Falchuk initially served as the show's main directors. The pilot episode was broadcast on May 19, 2009, and the first season aired from September 9, 2009, to June 8, 2010. Subsequent seasons aired in September through May. The sixth and final season aired from January to March 2015. Glee features on-screen performance-based musical numbers that were selected by Murphy, who aimed to maintain a balance between show tunes and chart hits, and produced by Adam Anders and Peer Åström. Songs covered in the show were released through the iTunes Store during the week of broadcast, and a series of Glee albums have been released by Columbia Records. The music of Glee has been a commercial success, with over thirty-six million digital single sales and eleven million album sales worldwide through October 2011. The series' merchandise also includes DVD and Blu-ray releases, an iPad application, and karaoke games for the Wii. There were live concert tours by the show's cast after the first and second seasons completed shooting; a concert film based on the 2011 tour, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, was produced by Murphy and Fox and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

During its first season, Glee received generally favorable reviews from critics, with Metacritic's weighted average of 77 out of 100 based on eighteen critical reviews. The season was nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Satellite Awards and fifty-seven other awards, with wins including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Emmy awards for Jane Lynch, guest-star Neil Patrick Harris and Murphy's direction of the pilot episode. In 2011, the show once again won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, and Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, and Gwyneth Paltrow won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The show was also chosen by Fox to fill the coveted time slot that followed the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

On October 17, 2013, in the wake of the death of Cory Monteith three months prior, and one week after his tribute episode " The Quarterback" aired, Murphy announced that the sixth season would be the final one of the series. After 121 episodes and over 728 music performances, Glee came to an end on March 20, 2015.

Glee (season 1)

The first season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee originally aired on Fox in the United States. The pilot episode was broadcast as an advanced preview of the series on May 19, 2009, with the remainder of the season airing between September 9, 2009 and June 8, 2010. The season consisted of 22 episodes; the first 13 aired on Wednesdays at 9 pm ( ET) and the final 9 aired on Tuesdays at 9 pm (ET). The season was executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto; Murphy's production company helped co-produce the series alongside 20th Century Fox.

The season features the fictional high school show choir New Directions competing for the first time on the show choir circuit, while its members and faculty deal with sex, bullying, body image, homosexuality, teenage pregnancy, disabilities, adoption and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), Will's wife Terri ( Jessalyn Gilsig), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury ( Jayma Mays), and glee club members Rachel ( Lea Michele), Finn ( Cory Monteith), Artie ( Kevin McHale), Kurt ( Chris Colfer), Mercedes ( Amber Riley), Tina ( Jenna Ushkowitz), Puck ( Mark Salling), and Quinn ( Dianna Agron).

The season received generally positive reviews from critics. The musical scores used throughout the first season proved to be a commercial success, with over seven million copies of Glee cast single releases purchased digitally. In 2009, the Glee remake of " Don't Stop Believin' became their first hit, and other covers quickly gained similar worldwide popularity, while the albums topped the charts in Ireland and other countries. The season was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Satellite Awards and 57 other awards. It was accompanied by four DVD releases: Glee – Pilot Episode: Director's Cut, Glee – Season 1, Volume 1: Road to Sectionals featuring episodes one to thirteen, Glee – Season 1, Volume 2: Road to Regionals featuring episodes fourteen to twenty-two, and Glee – The Complete First Season.

Glee (season 3)

The third season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee was commissioned on May 23, 2010 by Fox while the first season aired. It aired between September 20, 2011 and May 22, 2012, and was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, with executive producers Dante Di Loreto and series co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in the town of Lima, Ohio. Season three follows the club competing on the show choir circuit, while its members and faculty deal with sex, sexual identity, gender identity, stress, domestic violence, teenage suicide, pregnancy, disabilities, texting while driving, and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury ( Jayma Mays), and glee club members Artie Abrams ( Kevin McHale), Blaine Anderson ( Darren Criss), Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele), Mike Chang ( Harry Shum, Jr.), Tina Cohen-Chang ( Jenna Ushkowitz), Quinn Fabray ( Dianna Agron), Finn Hudson ( Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones ( Amber Riley), Santana Lopez ( Naya Rivera), Brittany Pierce ( Heather Morris) and Noah "Puck" Puckerman ( Mark Salling). At the end of the season, eight members of the glee club graduate: Rachel, Mike, Quinn, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Santana and Puck.

The season was nominated for three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical and one Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Glee (season 2)

The second season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee originally aired between September 21, 2010 and May 24, 2011 on Fox in the United States. The 22-episode season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, with executive producers Dante Di Loreto and series co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with the other series co-creator, Ian Brennan, as co-executive producer.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in the town of Lima, Ohio. Season two follows the club competing on the show choir circuit, while its members and faculty deal with sex, religion, homophobia, financial difficulties, rumors, teenage drinking, death and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury ( Jayma Mays), and glee club members Artie Abrams ( Kevin McHale), Brittany Pierce ( Heather Morris), Finn Hudson ( Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones ( Amber Riley), Noah "Puck" Puckerman ( Mark Salling), Quinn Fabray ( Dianna Agron), Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele), Santana Lopez ( Naya Rivera) and Tina Cohen-Chang ( Jenna Ushkowitz). Will's ex-wife Terri ( Jessalyn Gilsig) and Kurt's father Burt ( Mike O'Malley) round out the list of main characters.

The season received generally positive reviews from critics. The musical performances from the second season expanded on the success of the first season, with the show releasing five soundtrack albums and over one hundred digital singles. The cast decisively broke the record for most charted songs by an act in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 with 156 appearances through the end of its second season. Two singles, " Teenage Dream" and " Loser Like Me", were the first to have over 200,000 downloads in their first week of release in the US, and both charted in the top ten in the US and Canada, and have been certified gold in the US. The season was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, five Satellite Awards and over fifty other awards. Three DVDs have been released with episodes from the season: Glee – Season 2, Volume 1 featuring episodes one through ten, Glee – Season 2, Volume 2 featuring episodes eleven through twenty-two, and Glee – The Complete Second Season.

Glee (season 6)

The sixth and final season of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee was commissioned on April 19, 2013, along with the fifth season, as part of a two-season renewal deal for the show on the Fox network. The final season, consisting of 13 episodes, premiered on Friday, January 9, 2015, with the first two episodes, and the last two episodes (functioning as a single series finale) aired on March 20, 2015.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School (WMHS) in the town of Lima, Ohio, and some of the graduates of McKinley. The season focuses on the former glee club member, Rachel Berry, who returns to McKinley after her TV Pilot bombs to rebuild the disbanded glee club. The central characters are the former glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), school principal Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), and Glee club graduates Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele), Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer), Blaine Anderson ( Darren Criss), Artie Abrams ( Kevin McHale), and Sam Evans ( Chord Overstreet). Amber Riley returns to the main cast as Mercedes Jones and Dot-Marie Jones, who portrays Shannon Beiste, the school's football coach, was promoted to the main cast after four years as a recurring character. Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner, and Alex Newell who have portrayed Tina Cohen-Chang, Santana Lopez, Kitty Wilde, Jake Puckerman, Marley Rose, Ryder Lynn, and Wade "Unique" Adams, were demoted from the main cast this season with Ushkowitz, Rivera, Tobin, and Newell recurring during the season, while Artist and Jenner returned briefly in the series finale. Benoist, however, does not appear at all in this season.

The season was nominated for one Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Glee (season 4)

The fourth season of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee was commissioned on April 9, 2012. It premiered on September 13, 2012 and is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision with executive producers Dante Di Loreto and series co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in the town of Lima, Ohio. The fourth season continues in Lima with a new generation of students but will also follow some of the McKinley graduates from the third season, notably to the fictional New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) in New York City. The season follows the club competing on the show choir circuit, while its members, faculty and alumni deal with sex, bulimia, gender identity, child molestation, dyslexia, school violence, pregnancy scares and other social issues. As of the season premiere, fourteen main cast members are retaining that status from the third season: glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), glee club members Artie Abrams ( Kevin McHale), Blaine Anderson ( Darren Criss), Tina Cohen-Chang ( Jenna Ushkowitz), and Brittany Pierce ( Heather Morris), and graduates Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele), Mike Chang ( Harry Shum, Jr.), Finn Hudson ( Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones ( Amber Riley), Santana Lopez ( Naya Rivera) and Noah "Puck" Puckerman ( Mark Salling). Previously recurring character Sam Evans ( Chord Overstreet), a glee club member, has been promoted to the main cast in the fourth season.

Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray, is appearing less frequently in the season than in previous ones, as are some of the other graduates. Agron and Jayma Mays, who continues to appear as guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, are being credited as guest stars this season rather than as series regulars. This season marks the final appearance of Cory Monteith on the show before his death on July 13, 2013.

The season was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards including one for Lynch's performance as Sue Sylvester and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Glee (season 5)

The fifth season of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee was commissioned on April 19, 2013, along with a sixth season. It premiered on September 26, 2013, as part of the 2013 fall season. After a winter break, it returned on February 25, 2014, moving to Tuesday nights to finish its season. The second part of the season featured the 100th episode of the series, the 12th episode of the season, which aired on March 18, 2014. It was shorter than previous seasons, with twenty episodes instead of twenty-two.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School (WMHS) in the town of Lima, Ohio, and graduates of McKinley who have moved to New York City, some to attend the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYADA). Unlike previous seasons, the fifth continues the school year begun in season four. The first half of the season follows the club competing on the show choir circuit, while the remainder of the season focuses on graduation and the alumni's lives in New York City as its members, faculty and alumni deal with gay bashing, death, intimacy, STDs, transphobia and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester ( Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach and school principal Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch), glee club members Artie Abrams ( Kevin McHale), Blaine Anderson ( Darren Criss), Tina Cohen-Chang ( Jenna Ushkowitz), Sam Evans ( Chord Overstreet) and graduates Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele), Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer), and Santana Lopez ( Naya Rivera). Previously recurring characters Jake Puckerman ( Jacob Artist), Marley Rose ( Melissa Benoist), Ryder Lynn ( Blake Jenner), Wade "Unique" Adams ( Alex Newell), and Kitty Wilde ( Becca Tobin), who are current glee club members at WMHS, have been promoted to the main cast in the fifth season—though none of them appear in the last trimester, seven episodes, of the season, as the season moves its focus to the alumni. Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Harry Shum, Jr., who have portrayed Brittany Pierce, Mercedes Jones, Noah "Puck" Puckerman and Mike Chang (respectively) since season one, are no longer series regulars, but did appear as guest stars.

This is the first season not to feature Cory Monteith, who died shortly before production was scheduled to begin. The death of Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, was the subject of the third episode, " The Quarterback", which paid tribute to them both. The series went on hiatus after the third episode, and resumed airing episodes after the baseball postseason.

The season was nominated for one Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Usage examples of "glee".

The words were dragged out of him by the coercion spells, and Ancar clutched the arms of his chair in glee.

I was a stranger in that company, A Galilean whom his speech bewrayed, And when they lifted up their songs of glee, My voice sad discord made.

Grunting with glee Blinky crawled down the tree and as he reached the ground the old owl flew on ahead.

So had the tampering with the bomb line before the mission to Bologna and the seven-day delay in destroying the bridge at Ferrara, even though destroying the bridge at Ferrara finally, he remembered with glee, had been a real feather in his cap, although losing a plane there the second time around, he recalled in dejection, had been another black eye, even though he had won another real feather in his cap by getting a medal approved for the bombardier who had gotten him the real black eye in the first place by going around over the target twice.

Zeid stepped behind his brother, thus blocking out Bulbul to the glee of the other officials, who did not mind being excluded themselves as long as Bulbul had been set in his place.

The Dawes Glee Club, the Dawes Bible Study Class, the Dawes Ethics Society, the Dawes Scottish Reel and Eightsome Group.

Its glee in having tricked Ephemera into giving up a piece of itself, no matter how small, It reshaped the ground to provide an access point into one of Its own landscapes.

Upon espying him beside them again, Genevieve squealed in glee and pumped her tiny arms up and down as if coaxing him to take her.

It had been hard enough to conceal his glee at seeing that David had come to the Fest after all.

The university glee club sang the ancient scholastic song Gaudeamus Igitur with mournful respect and creamy phrasing, for they and most of the graduates, faculty members, parents, relatives and friends present in the field house thought it was a hymn instead of the rowdy drinking song it was.

Laura, whom I had not seen since she had given me her daughter, asked for no time to think it over, but full of glee told me that now her daughter would be able to soothe her declining years, and that she would leave Muran of which she was tired.

At this threat, which made his followers smile with glee, probably because he had been abusing them, he stamped his feet, tore his hair, and went out like one possessed.

The threat of deserting just at the vintage season frightened the count, and he had to give in, and the embassy went its way in high glee at its success.

He was a cunning fellow, who knew the best way to prevent me cheapening him, but there was no need, as I thought his charges reasonable, and as I paid him in full he went off in great glee.

We laughed heartily at his folly, feeling quite sure that we should neither dine with him nor the prince, but in a quarter of an hour he returned in high glee, and invited us all to dinner on behalf of the prince.