see also: Pride
  • IPA: /pɹaɪd/, [ˈpɹ̥ʷaɪd]


  1. The quality or state of being proud; an unreasonable overestimation of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
  2. (often with of or in) A sense of one's own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; -- in a good sense.
    He took pride in his work.
    He had pride of ownership in his department.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
  3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
    • , Introduction to Aesop's Fables
      Pride goeth before the fall.
  4. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-congratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc.
    • lofty trees yclad with summer's pride
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Zechariah 9:6 ↗:
      And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
    • a bold peasantry, their country's pride
  5. Show; ostentation; glory.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war.
  6. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
    • to be in the pride of one's life.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      a falcon, towering in her pride of place
  7. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
  8. Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
  9. (zoology, collective) A company of lions or other large felines.
    A pride of lions often consists of a dominant male, his harem and their offspring, but young adult males 'leave home' to roam about as bachelors pride until able to seize/establish a family pride of their own.
  10. (zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
  11. Alternative letter-case form of Pride#English|Pride (“festival for LGBT people”).
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: го́рдость
  • Russian: расцве́т
  • German: Stolz, Machtbewusstsein
  • Spanish: cachondo, toriondo, verriondo, moriondo
Translations Translations
  • German: kleines Neunauge

pride (prides, present participle priding; past prided, past participle prided)

  1. (reflexive) To take or experience pride in something; to be proud of it.
    I pride myself on being a good judge of character.
    • 1820 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
      Ichabod prided himself upon his dancing as much as upon his vocal powers. Not a limb, not a fibre about him was idle; and to have seen his loosely hung frame in full motion and clattering about the room you would have thought Saint Vitus himself, that blessed patron of the dance, was figuring before you in person.
  • German: Stolz sein auf
  • Italian: essere orgoglioso
  • Spanish: ser orgulloso de, enorgullecerse

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A festival primarily for LGBT people, usually organized annually within a city.
    • 2005, David Campos, Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth: Lessons for Straight School Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators, R&L Education ISBN 9781461655275, page 115:
      So you can imagine how I felt about going to Pride. But when Andrea said she wanted to go, I gave it [a] shot.
    • 2006, J. Fish, Heterosexism in Health and Social Care, Springer (ISBN 9780230800731), page 106:
      Nor are Pride events limited to white, affluent LGBs who can afford high ticket prices: there are youth Prides in the UK, many events have retained their political origins and offer free entry, [...]
    • 2007, Maggie Alderson, Gravity Sucks, Penguin UK ISBN 9780857967329:
      I'm in New York at the moment (omigod, it's the best place on earth, it's been five years and I'd almost forgotten) and it just happens to be Pride this weekend, which is their version of Mardi Gras, with the big parade and everything, and I just got swept up by it all.
    • 2012, Mark Peterson, Flesh and Blood, Hachette UK ISBN 9781409132547:
      It's Pride this weekend, Tom, and Brighton will be packed again.
    • 2015, Professor Manon Tremblay, Dr David Paternotte, The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 9781409457091, page 114:
      And i was goin' out to meet ya, well when i went out to meet you, i felt soooo exposed and such a minority. i never felt like that in Glasgow walkin' in the streets like that, going to Pride ...
  2. A movement encouraging no shame and positive approach to personal identity amongst LGBTQI* peoples.

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