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

Verb

glitteringly \ ˈgli-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce glitteringly (audio) \ adverb

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

But one piece really stood out to us: a bomber jacket that had the flower Angel’s Trumpet hand-embroidered, glittering in gold, orange, and green. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Artist Darby Milbrath Collaborated With Celine on an Embroidered Bomber Jacket," 27 June 2019 Encounter the untamed Highlands and the Inner Hebrides islands on foot, exploring glittering lakes and waterfalls, fantastic geologic formations, and historic sites that date back more than a thousand years. National Geographic, "Scotland Hiking Adventure: From the Highlands to Islands," 17 June 2019 In tribute to Jean Grey, Sophie suitably stuck with the color scheme of her character’s name in a grey, silver, black and white look, wearing a totally see-through glittering chainmail dress by Louis Vuitton. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore a Naked Chainmail Dress at the 'Dark Phoenix' Premiere," 28 May 2019 The mom-of-two wore a glittering, gray-and-black one-shoulder gown. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Hits the ACMs Red Carpet Two Months After Giving Birth to Baby Jacob," 7 Apr. 2019 Cardi, 26, rocked a skin-tight, glittering purple bodysuit and fishnets for her performance, completing the look with a blue wig. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B Cuddles Up with 11-Month-Old Daughter Kulture and Takes the Stage a Day After Indictment," 23 June 2019 Arriving at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on Tuesday night, the 22-year-old actress looked totally adorable in a little white textured mini dress by Nina Ricci, which featured high, glittering ruffle detail around the body like an ethereal glow. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zendaya's Long Bangs at the 'Euphoria' Premiere Are Just So Pretty," 5 June 2019 Pruzanski said in his 37th-floor office overlooking New York’s glittering Hudson Yards development. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 One of his glittering wrestling robes sold last year for $27,000 in a charity auction. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Lunch with Ric Flair being auctioned for charity. The bids are starting to get crazy. | Charlotte Observer," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pro-Tip: Stay hydrated, find shade whenever possible and leave the glitter at home. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Who is a must-see at this year's Forecastle? These Louisville music experts weigh in," 3 July 2019 Cocktails Don't let all the glitter and gilding convince you that the cocktail list is fluff. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 Regardless of your age, glitter is one beauty product that will make your hair, nails, and skin twinkle like little stars. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Hair and Body Glitters For The Perfect Glow Job," 19 June 2019 Yes, musicians like Ally and Violet are glamorous and larger-than-life, but underneath the glitter and sequins is a beating heart. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 All that glitters may not be gold, but the jewelry inside Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s (aka Inez and Vinoodh) apartment last night certainly was—24 karats, to be precise. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "A House Party, but Make It Fashion: Inez and Vinoodh Celebrate Their Mene Jewelry Collaboration," 12 Feb. 2019 Full of singing, dancing, rainbows, glitter and plenty of hugs, the extravaganza will have a number of interactive surprises. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "First Look! Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake Discover New Troll Lands in Trolls World Tour," 19 June 2019 Chocolatey Cocoa polishes are perfect for fall – just add glitter and teeny tiny leaves for a Thanksgiving-ready paint job. Seventeen, "17 Cute AF Thanksgiving Nail Art Designs That'll Make You Feel Like the *Queen of Fall*," 19 Sep. 2018 Parade-goers now don rainbow tutus, feather boas, body glitter and other colorful makeup, and as little clothing as possible. refinery29.com, "Fierce Protest: How 19 People Use Pride to Make Change," 25 June 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 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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