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 While some prints were in the fabric, many were embellished with sequins, creating glittering texture. Washington Post, "Naeem Khan launches his fashion collection at home," 11 Sep. 2019 Fernando Torres has officially retired from football, bringing an end to his glittering 19-year career in fitting fashion, after going head to head with international compatriot Andres Iniesta one last time. SI.com, "Fernando Torres Officially Retires From Football After Taking on Andres Iniesta in Final Game," 23 Aug. 2019 The highest mountains in Western Europe, these glittering peaks are the birthplace of modern trekking. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 Not that the guys are alive with glittering backchat; McBride’s most faithful interlocutor is the nameless voice that talks him through his psychological evaluations. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad," 13 Sep. 2019 But if Tharpe influenced postwar sound, Sallstrom leaned heavily on the glittering ’70s for makeup inspiration. Vogue, "Pyer Moss Channels ’70s Rock Icons With Next-Level Glam Beauty," 10 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, the current squad are on course to glitter and dazzle at the upcoming European Championships and beyond. SI.com, "England: Why This Is the Three Lions' Real Golden Generation," 9 Sep. 2019 Some of the poles bristling around and above the virgin form a surrealistic cross in a glittering fantasy reminiscent of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 From a notch in an immense red wall the river launched, a glittering braid a hundred and twenty feet long. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The year has seen its fair share of inspirational, megawatt glitter moments, from the glimmering lids that took over Simone Rocha’s Spring 2019 runway to singer Kelela’s jewel tone makeover on Instagram, courtesy of Pat McGrath. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Wear Glitter Makeup Like a Grown-Up," 20 Dec. 2018 Girls wore ribbons in their hair and glitter on their faces. chicagotribune.com, "Town devastated by wildfire savors high school football win," 25 Aug. 2019 The implications of these discoveries are huge, since obviously, not many people are throwing glitter and using body scrub at two of the most remote places on Earth. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Microplastics are everywhere, even in the Arctic snow," 15 Aug. 2019 Coolers, lawn chairs or picnic baskets Lasers Glowsticks, stickers, Silly String, confetti, spray paint and regular glitter (biodegradable is OK) — this is a festival that promotes sustainability and these items are bad for the Earth. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 His glitter-laden trials, among the first to be televised, caused a sensation in America. The Economist, "Obituary: Claus von Bülow died on May 25th," 15 June 2019 While the marketing campaign for Euphoria, premiering June 16 after Big Little Lies, suggests a glitter-flecked mess of teenage euphoria is ahead, the reality of the series isn’t nearly so joyous. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Euphoria Review: The Night Is Dark & Full Of Terrors (& Teens)," 5 June 2019 The Dance Moms star-turned- Youtube sensation has burst onto the scene as a rainbow- and glitter-wearing teen, capturing the hearts of young people across the globe. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "The Rise of ‘Dance Moms’ Star Jojo Siwa," 22 May 2019 Well, that was an interminable wait for glitter and sequins, right ballroom fans? Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Dancing With the Stars recap: Sean Spicer makes a bigly impression...with his shirt," 17 Sep. 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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2 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for glitter

The first known use of glitter was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for glitter

glitter

verb
How to pronounce glitter (audio)

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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