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



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

Other Words from glitter


glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē How to pronounce glitter (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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First Known Use of glitter


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


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glitter


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

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

Kids Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sparkle brightly



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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