When you are proud, you are feeling pride, or satisfaction with yourself. The word proud can also mean too much of this feeling––sometimes saying someone is proud is the same as saying they're arrogant.

It's also possible to feel proud of someone else. If your best friend gets the lead in the school play, you may find yourself feeling as happy for him as if you'd got the lead yourself. When you graduate from college, your "proud parents" will want to be there to watch. The maxim "Pride comes before a fall" plays on the fact that when you are proud of what you have, you are also at risk: having something means you have something to lose.

Definitions of proud

adj feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

proud parents”
proud of his accomplishments”
“a proud moment”
proud to serve his country”
“a proud name”
proud princes”
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
arrogant, chesty, self-important
having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride
pleased and proud
big, swelled, vainglorious
feeling self-importance
bigheaded, persnickety, snooty, snot-nosed, snotty, stuck-up, too big for one's breeches, uppish
(used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
big, boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing
exhibiting self-importance
dignified, self-respectful, self-respecting
having or showing self-esteem
disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain
characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep
excessively proud
pleased, proud of
feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth
proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction)
trying to maintain dignity and self respect despite shabbiness
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low
subdued or brought low in condition or status
meek, mild, modest
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
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adj having or displaying great dignity or nobility

proud alpine peaks”
gallant, lofty, majestic
making a strong or vivid impression

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