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glitter

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verb glit·ter \ˈgli-tər\

Simple Definition of glitter

  • : to shine brightly : to shine with bright points of light

Full Definition of glitter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shine by reflection with many small flashes of brilliant light :  sparkle <sequins glittered in the spotlight> b :  to shine with strong emotion :  flash <eyes glittering in anger>

  3. 2 :  to be brilliantly attractive, lavish, or spectacular; also :  to be superficially attractive or exciting

glit·ter·ing·ly play \-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of glitter

  1. The sequins on her dress glittered in the sun.

  2. Her eyes glittered with intelligence and amusement.



Origin of glitter

Middle English gliteren, perhaps from Old Norse glitra; akin to Old English geolu yellow


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of glitter

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light <lightning flashed>. gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background <lights gleamed in the valley>. glint implies a cold glancing light <glinting steel>. sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light <the sparkling waters>. glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming <glittering diamonds>. glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface <glistening wet sidewalk>. glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam <a distant glimmering light>. shimmer means shining with a wavering light <a shimmering satin dress>.

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glitter

noun glit·ter

Simple Definition of glitter

  • : light that shines in small, bright points

  • : an appealing, fancy, and exciting quality : a glamorous quality

  • : small, shiny objects used to decorate a surface

Full Definition of glitter

  1. 1 a :  sparkling brilliance of something that glitters b :  a bright usually superficial attractiveness c :  the quality of being spectacular

  2. 2 :  small glittering objects used for ornamentation

glit·tery play \ˈgli-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of glitter

  1. He was drawn to the glitter of the city's nightlife.



1593

First Known Use of glitter

1593


GLITTER Defined for Kids

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glitter

play
verb glit·ter \ˈgli-tər\

Definition of glitter

glit·teredglit·ter·ing

  1. :  to sparkle brightly




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glitter

play
noun glit·ter

Definition of glitter

  1. 1 :  sparkling brightness

  2. 2 :  small glittering objects for decoration

glit·tery \ˈgli-tə-rē\ adjective




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