a. A Latin doxology beginning with the words Gloria Patri.
b. A Latin doxology that is the second item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass and begins with the words Gloria in excelsis Deo.
2. A musical setting for either of these doxologies.
3. gloria A halo or nimbus.
[Middle English, from Late Latin Glōria, from Latin glōria, glory.]
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