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glitter

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verb glit·ter \ ˈgli-tər \

Definition of glitter

intransitive verb
1 a :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

glitteringly

play \ˈgli-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of glitter in a Sentence

  1. The sequins on her dress glittered in the sun.

  2. Her eyes glittered with intelligence and amusement.

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Origin and Etymology of glitter

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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glitter

noun

Definition of glitter

1 a :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

glittery

play \ˈgli-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of glitter in a Sentence

  1. He was drawn to the glitter of the city's nightlife.

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First Known Use of glitter

1593


GLITTER Defined for English Language Learners

glitter

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verb

Definition of glitter for English Language Learners

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


glitter

noun

Definition of glitter for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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glitter

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verb glit·ter \ ˈgli-tər \

Definition of glitter for Students

glittered; glittering
:to sparkle brightly

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glitter

noun

Definition of glitter for Students

1 :sparkling brightness
2 :small glittering objects for decoration

glittery

\ˈgli-tə-rē\ adjective


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