\ ˈglint How to pronounce glint (audio) \
glinted; glinting; glints

Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a archaic : to glance off an object
b of rays of light : to be reflected at an angle from a surface
2 : to give off reflection in brilliant flashes also : gleam
3 : to look quickly or briefly : glance
4 : to appear briefly or faintly

transitive verb

: to cause to glint



Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tiny bright flash of light
2 : a brief or faint manifestation : glimmer a glint of recognition also : a trace of emotion expressed through the eyes a steely glint in his eye

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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

Examples of glint in a Sentence

Verb The sun glinted off the tops of the waves. The waves glinted in the sunlight. Noun He saw glints of sunlight on the river's surface.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the other dragon reared up, impossibly dark, and even the light glinting off its scales seemed to be nothing but the purest coal black. cleveland, "Emerald Forest-wind: A story from Write About Now," 19 Nov. 2019 Aluminum rink light glinted off a thicket of surfaces: ice, plexiglass, helmets, sticks. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 The sun glinted off the metal roofs of each station stop, in spots where the snow had melted. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Impeachment Hearings and the Coming Storm," 6 Dec. 2019 The sun glints off the morning swells and the aluminum masts of the sailboats, which bob like a vast paddling of sleeping ducks along the quay. Charlton Pettus, New York Times, "41 Days, 26 Shows, 10 Countries: A Rock Tour Diary," 16 Oct. 2019 And the old-timey feel of the event, with young musicians in tasseled hats and spangly shorts, and the sousaphone bell glinting in the sun, were all intentional. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "With a brass band blaring, artist Kehinde Wiley goes off to war with Confederate statues," 27 Sep. 2019 The trio stood on a forest trail with sunlight glinting through the massive trees, and Reynolds sweetly placed his hand on Lively’s head as the two parents beamed at each other. Ashley Boucher,, "Ryan Reynolds Confirms Arrival of Third Child with Blake Lively — and Reveals the Baby's Sex!," 16 Oct. 2019 Then, from the corner of his eye, Johanson caught a glinting fragment of bone on the ground, about two inches long, shaped like a wrench. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Donald Johanson, famous finder of Lucy’s fossils, returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History," 24 Oct. 2019 Like a tiny, glinting missile, the Saharan silver ant blazes across the searing sand in search of dead animals that have succumbed to the heat. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "World’s fastest ants found racing across the Sahara," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sachs’s proscenium-like images catch glints off the sword-sharp edges of the elegant dialogue. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Frankie” and the Performance of Life in the Face of Death," 25 Oct. 2019 For more than five decades, Zagar has been installing mosaics—made of everything from mirrors and Mexican crockery to old wine bottles and ceramic baby dolls—that glint and catch the sun along South Philly’s side streets. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Philadelphia," 14 Dec. 2019 There are glints of anger in this movie, for example, and a few surprising but subtle risks that suggest this star still has a few new tricks hidden up his sleeve. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Reuniting with ‘Pain and Glory’," 4 Oct. 2019 Then, June turned back to Gilead and the Waterford home with a new, steely glint of determination in her eye. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale," 5 June 2019 An inkwell stares at me with one black eye, with a glint in its pupil. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 While '70s rock may provide the album's core, glints of R&B, disco and dance-pop find their way through, without making the project feel oversaturated. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Adam Lambert's 'Velvet: Side A' Is the Star's Best Work Yet," 27 Sep. 2019 During the day, the building’s scale-like ceramic tiles glint in the sunlight; at night, the space glows like Neptune’s underwater castle. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 Fraught with bittersweet regret, a groundswell of longing, and, just maybe, a glint of hope. The Atlantic, "What Is the Greatest Movie Quote of All Time?," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glint


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glint


Middle English, to dart obliquely, glint, alteration of glenten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect glänta to clear up; akin to Old High German glanz bright, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

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The first known use of glint was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce glint (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine in small bright flashes



English Language Learners Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small flash of light
: a small amount of emotion seen in a person's eyes


\ ˈglint How to pronounce glint (audio) \
glinted; glinting

Kids Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with tiny bright flashes



Kids Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief flash

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