Simple Definition of glisten
: to shine with light reflected off a wet surface
Full Definition of glisten
glis·tenedglis·ten·ing play \ˈgli-sən-iŋ\
: to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface
Examples of glisten
Rain made the streets glisten.
The streets glistened in the rain.
Her eyes glistened with tears.
a long beach of glistening sand
Origin of glisten
Middle English glistnen, from Old English glisnian; akin to Old English glisian to glitter, geolu yellow — more at yellow
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of glisten
First Known Use of glisten
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