glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ ˈgli-tər How to pronounce glitter (audio) \
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

Noun

glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē How to pronounce glittery (audio) \ 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 Wochit Lavish mansions cluster on the shore of Grosse Pointe Park’s Windmill Pointe, mostly built during Detroit’s glittering 1920s. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "This might be the grandest mansion ever built at Windmill Pointe," 16 May 2020 Another guitarist, Mary Halvorson, managed to sound smiling and sober at once, with melodies of glittering sensitivity that fragmented into kaleidoscopic phrases. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "The Bang on a Can Marathon, Still Lovably Scruffy Online," 4 May 2020 For those who have spent years among the elite, earning lucrative salaries and burnishing glittering reputations, that is hardly a troubling prospect. Rory Smith, New York Times, "As Contracts Expire During Shutdown, Players and Clubs Ask: Now What?," 11 May 2020 Last month, China's Long March 3B, which was carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, failed shortly after launch, sending a glittering trail debris across the sky. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "China Launches Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet," 6 May 2020 The performance was confident; moving; powerful; a glimpse of a glittering musical career to come. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shared an Adorable Video of Luna Performing Ariana Grande's "NASA"," 23 Apr. 2020 Her phones are rarely away from those glittering nails, and as the production values rise, so do the costs. David Sax, Wired, "One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’," 21 Apr. 2020 From the 48th floor of the Andaz Toranomon Hills, the sprawl of Tokyo is a glittering blanket stretching out to infinity, and Amanda Seyfried is a tiny movie star with manga-size eyes to capture all of it. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Amanda Seyfried's Seyfried's Thoughts on Mid-Pandemic Beauty Is Just What You Need to Hear," 20 Apr. 2020 The pair gazed into each other’s eyes with the insular complicity of newlyweds, unscathed by the rain falling around them like glittering confetti. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Fractured Fairy Tale," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The young girl who loves glitter often walks with her mother to put up the jokes. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Mystery Good Samaritan surprises neighbors with hidden gifts throughout North San Antonio neighborhood," 15 June 2020 Alisha and Shannon wrapped him up like baby Jesus, covered him in [lip balm], and then covered him in glitter. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How Two Friends Raised Their Daughters ‘Like Sisters’," 12 June 2020 Darwin’s letters home glitter with descriptions of the glaciers’ beauty. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 From the extra sparkles, ombré glitter, and gel press-ons to a more subtle multicolored take on the French tip, scroll through to find the perfect manicure to show your Pride this month. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "11 Bold, Bright Rainbow Manicures To Celebrate Pride," 10 June 2020 Don't be put off by any artificial glitter and glam. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 8, 2020: Cancer, join forces with others; Virgo, listen and learn," 8 June 2020 Glass coated the floor and countertops like glitter. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "'We can’t catch a break’: Downtown Dallas restaurants struggle amid property damage, curfew and COVID-19," 2 June 2020 The drag performers wore sequins and glitter and feathers. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Another day of protests, another night of arrests," 2 June 2020 The other, touching down and then departing in a rain of glitter, feels more like a force of nature. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Diary of a Drag Queen” and the Journey to Self-Invention," 13 May 2020

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

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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glitter. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for glitter

glitter

verb
How to pronounce glitter (audio)

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 How to pronounce glitter (audio) \
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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