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glee,

in music, an unaccompanied song for three or more solo voices in harmony. The word glee [Anglo-Saxon, gligge or gliw=music] has been associated with vocal music from the time of the medieval gleeman or jongleur. The glee consisted of several short, individual pieces interpreting a poetic passage. The form is exclusively English and flourished mainly between 1750 and 1830, after which time it was displaced by the part songs of the Victorian composers. Glorious Apollo by Samuel Webbe (1740–1816) was the most famous glee. Gentlemen's glee societies were popular in England during the 18th cent., and women's glee societies had some vogue at the end of the century. In the United States glee clubs are simply choral organizations.

glee

a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voices
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And the Sheriff laughed aloud in glee, and thought of how he should avenge his stolen plate, and determined to make a good day's work of it.
But I see you have not escaped without a scratch," continued the Sheriff, becoming talkative through pure glee.
But before the Doctor could say any more, the pirates began to sail the ship nearer, laughing with glee, and saying one to another, "Who shall be the first to catch the pig?
For I should pass, but all the world would be Full of desire and young delight and glee, And why should men be sad through loss of me?
We roared with laughter, holding on to one another or rolling on the ground in our glee.
The eyes did not notice me, but sparkled with glee on beholding Sancho, my beautiful black and white setter, that was coursing about the field with its muzzle to the ground.
In 1962, and in the heart of the South Yorkshire coalfields, the Edlington Colliery's six-man Glee Club is preparing for their Gala performance.