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

Andres Iniesta, Spain Coming toward the end of a glittering career, that included the winning goal in the 2010 final. 16. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo tops list of top 50 players to look out for in Russia," 16 May 2018 The Champions League-winning former Liverpool manager ranks his achievement in guiding Newcastle to a top half finish among the highlights of his glittering coaching career. Jason Mellor, chicagotribune.com, "Conte: Chelsea must 'change our approach' to win FA Cup final," 13 May 2018 His glittering film career, including more than 40 movies in which he is credited as an actor, director or screenwriter, abruptly ended that year. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Long forgotten, a star of prewar Germany is rediscovered more than 70 years after his death at Auschwitz," 13 Apr. 2018 Since acquiring the property, he's added tennis courts, a spa, a croquet court, updated the beach house and, at a cost of $9 million, built an adjoining Louis XIV ballroom with 40-foot ceilings and glittering chandeliers. Si Liberman, USA TODAY, "Mar-a-Lago: An insider's view of Trump's Florida estate," 7 Mar. 2018 Rather than relying on gilded accessories to enhance the already striking ensemble, Hadid took the reflective 24k shade to lid level, eyes adorned in a saturated pressing of glittering yellow ore edged by a graphic flick of black liquid liner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Has a Cinderella Birthday Moment with Golden Eyes, Killer Legs and a Perfect Glass Shoe," 24 Apr. 2018 The video opens with the ocean glittering behind Ten’s shimmering form, as he is illuminated by lights attached to his shirt. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "NCT's Ten Saves the Day on SM Station Track, 'New Heroes'," 6 Apr. 2018 Two Coast Guard cutters lent their steel prows and 70-ton weight to the struggle to break winter’s chokehold on the Connecticut River, which has produced spectacular plains of glittering ice but also fears of flooding in Haddam. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Coast Guard Cutters Battle Ice-Locked Connecticut River," 19 Jan. 2018 Arsenal, with their only other realistic chance of silverware in the Europa League, will be looking to reach another Wembley final and add another accolade to Arsene Wenger's glittering CV. SI.com, "Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 9 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The finale came in a march of bare-chested men painted in silver glitter to go with their black disco pants. Washington Post, "French fashion powerhouse Saint Laurent takes New Jersey," 7 June 2018 And Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers embodied the glitter of Hollywood. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "In tough times, family bonds connect city to Spurs," 21 Apr. 2018 The glitter doesn't affect the beer except for the aesthetics on this small batch. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston craft brewery Eureka Heights debuts limited-edition glittery beer for Astros season," 27 Mar. 2018 Oh, and all of those objects are covered with gold glitter. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 Graphic gold glitter on negative space is our party-perfect choice for NYE nails. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 For many graduates, those journeys were written on their caps in glitter and felt, construction paper and duct tape. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Grads Share One More Journey As Blue Devils At CCSU Commencement," 19 May 2018 Keeping in mind that not everyone is down with covering their butts and boobs in glitter, The Gypsy Shrine decided to offer a wearable alternative to their more daring looks. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "People Are Gluing Jewels on Their Brows and Just WOW," 5 Mar. 2018 March 14 is National Butterfly Day, and on this day Royal View Elementary will be selling paper butterflies that students can decorate with glitter in Hassel's memory. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Royal View Elementary Fundraises on National Butterfly Day for Third Grade Teacher Memorial: Community Voices," 12 June 2017

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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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