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

Choose the Right Synonym for glitter

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

Dolly Parton clearly won the 2019 Grammy Awards red carpet last night, but there was one sentimental nod hidden in her glittering gown that few fans caught. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dolly Parton Snuck in an Important Detail on Her Grammys Dress and Everyone Missed It," 11 Feb. 2019 Nations with less glittering histories — but good coaching, a sense of identity and players littered throughout Europe’s great leagues — no longer have quite so much to fear. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018 Nimble and often glittering, the show encapsulates the evolution of women’s shoes over the past 180 years—and also speaks to the history of shoemaking in America. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Walk This Way: Footwear From the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes’ Review," 1 May 2018 Attendees pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of mingling with their transnational peers, gliding among the glittering parties and exhibits sponsored by various countries and corporations and foundations. Time, "'America No Longer Matters.' Davos Isn't Worried About President Trump," 25 Jan. 2018 Other major houses—comeback stories such as the ones owned by Bruce Kovner at 1130 Fifth Avenue and John Paulson at 9 East 86th Street—sit in silence, backs turned on their glittering, very public pasts. David Netto, Town & Country, "Is Roman Abramovich's Controversial New York City Mansion the Future of Manhattan Real Estate?," 30 Jan. 2019 Guests milled around in gowns and tuxes, taking pictures of the glittering Manhattan skyline that stood opposite. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Rose Byrne, Marcus Wainwright, and More Celebrate Brooklyn Bridge Park," 5 Oct. 2018 That the glittering hunk of metal won’t crash on the moon’s surface. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 Vieques Best known for Mosquito Bay, whose waters glitter at night with phosphorescent algae at night, this lush, placid island also has wild horses, deserted beaches and nearly 18,000 acres of National Wildlife Preserve. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The backdrop of Tuesday’s election is a strange mixture of urban glitter, violent crime and woeful governance. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 Two pressed glitters, a creamy pressed pearl, and a beige cream base complete the set. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 In terms of color payoff and shine, the ColourPop joints will give you more impact and dimension, but Butter London gives you a more glitter. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Did A Full Face Of Makeup Using Jelly Highlighters and Eye Shadows — And It Looks Amazing," 19 Sep. 2018 There’s the astounding, glitter flecked balls where Pose’s history-making LGBTQ+-led cast, most of whom are people of color, revel in the identities society tells them are so wrong. refinery29.com, "Pose Doesn’t Need Its Donald Trump References," 4 June 2018 Kenzie loved making her fairy potion, created by food dye, flowers, glitter, baking soda and vinegar. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "See the Magical Photos from Beverley Mitchell's Daughter's Fairy-Themed Birthday Bash," 16 Apr. 2018 Spray the stencil with adhesive spray and cover with glitter. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "If You're Not Throwing a Pumpkin-Painting D.I.Wine Night, You're Missing Out," 5 Oct. 2018 The inside is filled with a raspberry compote, and the whole thing is dusted with edible glitter. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018 What makes the draw even more clear: For such gorgeous results, the look is usually as easy as sweeping different takes on glitter across your lids. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Dreamy Fall Trend Is Like Unicorn Makeup's Cooler Older Sister," 19 Sep. 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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