E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
meaning ostentation, finery, or that which persons are proud of. Spenser talks of lofty trees yclad in summers pride (verdure). Pope, of a sword whose ivory sheath [was] inwrought with envious pride (ornamentation); and in this sense the word is used by Jacques in that celebrated passage
Why, who cries out on pride [dress]
That can therein tax any private party?
What woman in the city do I name
When that I say the city woman bears
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders?
What is he of baser function
That says his bravery [finery] is not of my cost?
Shakespeare: As You Like It, ii. 7.
Fly pride, says the peacock, proverbial for pride. (Shakespeare: Comedy of Errors, iv. 3.) The pot calling the kettle black face.
Sir Pride. First a drayman, then a colonel in the Parliamentary army. (Butler: Hudibras.).