glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ˈgli-tər \
glittered; glittering; glitters

Definition of glitter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

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

glitter

noun

Definition of glitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : sparkling brilliance of something that glitters

b : a bright usually superficial attractiveness

c : the quality of being spectacular

2 : small glittering objects used for ornamentation

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Other Words from glitter

Verb

glitteringly \ˈgli-​tə-​riŋ-​lē \ adverb

Noun

glittery \ˈgli-​tə-​rē \ adjective

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Verb

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 glitter in a Sentence

Verb

The sequins on her dress glittered in the sun. Her eyes glittered with intelligence and amusement.

Noun

He was drawn to the glitter of the city's nightlife.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her lips were coated in a touch of pink sheen, while her eye makeup was a soft, glittering pink. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore White Feather Eyebrows on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 Runway," 9 Nov. 2018 Lopez's glittering performance also featured surprise performances from artists such as DJ Khaled and Ja Rule. Fox News, "Jennifer Lopez thanks 'twin soul' Alex Rodriguez after accepting Vanguard award at VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 Two new colors join the bunch, a metallic taupe with a dark gold, glittered tube, and a sparkly, fluorescent pink that's very Glam Barbie. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced Is Making a 'Better Than Birthday Sex' Mascara for Its Anniversary," 1 Aug. 2018 From the wide windows, Tievoli could see the glittering lights of his home, Giglio Island, drawing closer. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia," 14 July 2014 Hunting, trading, and even bounty hunting are all viable careers, for a time, and all provide exceptional opportunities to marvel at the glittering rural American sky or the sweeping Rocky Mountain stand-ins. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Max, 6, my youngest, bolted past the staff lined up to greet us and planted his nose on the lee-side picture window to watch a woman in a conical hat haul a net of glittering fish onto her sampan. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 The apartment was grand, the hors d'oeuvres (newborn potatoes stuffed with beluga) delicious, the champagne (Krug) intoxicating, and the guest list glittering. Gully Wells, Town & Country, "Elegant Expletives: A Socialite's Guide to the F-Bomb," 7 Aug. 2014 Pieces on view, including an elaborate headdress and a nose ornament (both 1st-7th century), contain dangling elements that would have glittered and made sounds as the wearer moved—evocative reminders of jewelry’s affinity for spectacle. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Bling Through the Ages," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Five performers kick, swing, dance and sing through various holiday numbers while wearing many tight (though not really low-cut) outfits of feathers, fishnet, sequin, glitter and even argyle socks. Elisa Murray, The Seattle Times, "Leapin’ lizards! We leaped through 3 family holiday shows, from ‘Annie’ to ‘Matilda’ to ‘Wonderland’," 5 Dec. 2018 Jeongyeon, Dahyun, Tzuyu, Jihyo, and Nayeon all stunt in the new video with various shades of punchy pink and peach eye shadow while Mina and Chaeyoung added glitter and jewels to the mix. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 Basically, there was enough glitter to ensure that anyone within a 10-foot radius of that box would be wiping away the errant sparkle for days afterward. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Can Marie Kondo Conquer Caboodles?," 17 Aug. 2018 Balloons as tall as buildings, lip-synching Disney stars, and 300 pounds of glitter: Welcome to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018 With his glitter leggings and penchant for twerking on indoor cycling bikes, Wimberly was pretty much the human embodiment of a fitness festival. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 The cabinets below hold all of Violette's creative makeup and tools for photoshoots, ranging from bags of loose glitter to a turkey baster (or two) meant for blowing colorful pigments on to skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Makeup Artist Violette's Beauty Stash," 18 July 2018 According to Fazio, the final tunnel, which has Incredibles daughter Violet perched along its top, incorporates 50 pounds of glitter for its glowing purple effect. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Like kind of spooky but also beautiful but also a hint of glitter. Elyssa Goodman, Billboard, "Chester Lockhart Talks 'Gay Ghost' Aesthetic, Friendship With Todrick Hall & Premieres 'In Loving Memory': Watch," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of glitter

Verb

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

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glitter

Verb

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

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More Definitions for glitter

glitter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

glitter

noun

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

: light that shines in small, bright points

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

: small, shiny objects used to decorate a surface

glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ˈgli-tər \
glittered; glittering

Kids Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sparkle brightly

glitter

noun

Kids Definition of glitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sparkling brightness

2 : small glittering objects for decoration

Other Words from glitter

glittery \ˈgli-​tə-​rē \ adjective

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