glim·​mer·​ing ˈgli-mə-riŋ How to pronounce glimmering (audio)

Examples of glimmering in a Sentence

a faint glimmering of light
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, pairs in classic black are to be expected, but glimmering styles in gold and silver shine the brightest of them all. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2023 Full and half-day treks along the famous W Circuit (named for the shape of the route) offer one-of-a-kind vistas of sweeping freshwater lakes, teal lagoons, ice floes, and glimmering glaciers. Nora Walsh, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2023 Yet beyond the disarray, there are the glimmerings of a path to a more stable United Kingdom. Mark Landler, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 And finally, a set of glimmering, modernist high-neck, long-sleeve evening gowns in silver, lace and beaded fringe, like wearable skyscrapers. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 There was this intersection of clarity and feeling back in my body, feeling the glimmering of my old self and my old agency. Emily Gould, Vulture, 26 Jan. 2023 So far, Webb has revealed glimmering stars nestled in stellar nurseries like the Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula and among the famed Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 For Leahy, the first glimmering of a plan came on a congressional visit to Central America in 1988, another Cold War battlefield where civilians once again were the collateral damage. George Black, The New Republic, 19 Dec. 2022 Spotting the local wildlife, both on land and in water, is as easy as sitting on a trailhead point, gazing out to the ocean’s horizon, for the chance to see a whale’s spout catch the glimmering light. Jessica Wright, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glimmering was in the 15th century

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“Glimmering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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