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

On a sunny July day, crushed glass glittered on the ground as the facility’s manager, Ricardo Lopez, gestured at what looked like a mountain of trash. Rachel Becker, The Mercury News, "Seabirds eating plastic. Recyclers struggling. This is what California’s waste crisis looks like," 3 Aug. 2019 Yesterday evening as sun replaced rain, the streets of New York’s Meatpacking District glittered. Vogue, "Jeffrey Kalinsky Celebrates 20 Years of His Meatpacking Shop With a Cocktail Party," 1 Aug. 2019 The next morning, Santa will deliver gifts from a real sleigh drawn by brother draft horses Pete and Repeat, their hoofbeats muffled by glittering, fresh white snow. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Sadie Barnette mines memories to turn them into glittering, physical spaces. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: A historic gang truce after Nipsey Hussle's death," 24 June 2019 That is why Hazan proceeds from the nude to the nude—from the showering painter, via a glimpse of his canvases, to a blue pool, its surface glittering, into which four young men, unclothed and unabashed, take a slow-motion plunge. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die” Does the Zombie Genre to Death," 14 June 2019 Getty Images Getty Images The former Dawsons Creek star chose a shimmering Missoni gown this time, with a fitted strapless body, and striped floor length skirt in glittering, muted tones of blue, green and purple. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Missoni Ball Gown and Looked So Chic," 10 June 2019 Between owning the red carpet in iconic dresses and dominating the stage in glittering costumes, Jennifer Lopez’s impeccable style continues to impress. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Jennifer Lopez Is Wearing the Hell Out of These Sneakers—and They're Less Than $65 Right Now," 22 July 2019 In the Georgian period, glittering diamond stars were often set in the hair, as exemplified by Winterhalter’s 1865 portrait of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Moon Landing Changed Jewelry History," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s because, after all these years and all these tragedies, elements of the Kennedy glitter are still there; walk down the street with Caroline Kennedy and the glamor is palpable, punctuated with her trademark graciousness. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, "Death of RFK’s granddaughter is latest burden for Kennedys," 3 Aug. 2019 Take a fine eyeliner brush and use the glitter to line your eyes, says Reagan. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Enhance Your Monolids, According to the Experts," 31 July 2019 To achieve the look, Matin added loose gold glitter to Mehron Mixing Liquid. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "How to Recreate Awkwafina’s Shimmery Gold Eyeshadow," 30 July 2019 Someone sent 'Straight Pride' parade organizers glitter. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "California 'straight pride' parade plans draw critics: 'That’s all hate crime stuff to me'," 26 July 2019 Its glitter came by way of projections of code flashing manically behind dancers employed to produce acrobatic stunts, some silly, some striking. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 Billboard talked to some LGBTQ advocates about how allies can work together to continue their support of the community when the glitter washes away and Pride month ends. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "6 Steps to Supporting the LGBTQ Community as an Ally After Pride Month," 10 July 2019 As parades bustle in cities around the world this June, as celebrants and celebrities and even lawmakers don glitter, Pride remains a visceral and visual fest. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Tracing the Internal Queer Revolution," 26 June 2019 Tiny stringed bulbs glitter on olive trees come nighttime. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Is Spago relevant? Our critic talks through three (very different) recent meals," 27 June 2019

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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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