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Definition of "proud" []

  • Feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act, possession, quality, or relationship by which one measures one's stature or self-worth: proud of one's child; proud to serve one's country. (adjective)
  • Occasioning or being a reason for pride: "On January 1, 1900, Americans and Europeans greeted the twentieth century in the proud and certain belief that the next hundred years would make all things possible” ( W. Bruce Lincoln). (adjective)
  • Feeling or showing justifiable self-respect. (adjective)
  • Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem. (adjective)
  • Of great dignity; honored: a proud name. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "proud" in a sentence
  • "For herself she was humbled; but she was proud of him, —proud that in a cause of compassion and honour he had been able to get the better of himself."
  • "I am proud of my position, because … proud of being … proud…"
  • "_thought_ 'gentlemen;' so general is this desire amongst the youth of this proud money making nation, that thousands upon thousands of them are, at this moment, in a state which may end in starvation; not so much because they are too _lazy_ to earn their bread, as because they are too _proud_!"