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

Noun

glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē How to pronounce glitter (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 Beyond these stars glitter other worlds, beyond this trial other tribulations of love. Usman T. Malik, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love,’ by Usman T. Malik," 11 Dec. 2020 Fragments of Htet’s product often glitter on their fingers. Paul Salopek, History & Culture, "How much work goes into flattening gold leaf? 20,000 hammer blows.," 4 Dec. 2020 Mark even wore Jojo's signature bow and glitter rainbow outfit for the big reveal while dancing in her closet. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Jojo Siwa Revealed Mark Bontempo is Her Mysterious BF on National Girlfriend Day," 3 Aug. 2020 Wochit Lavish mansions cluster on the shore of Grosse Pointe Park’s Windmill Pointe, mostly built during Detroit’s glittering 1920s. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "This might be the grandest mansion ever built at Windmill Pointe," 16 May 2020 Another guitarist, Mary Halvorson, managed to sound smiling and sober at once, with melodies of glittering sensitivity that fragmented into kaleidoscopic phrases. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "The Bang on a Can Marathon, Still Lovably Scruffy Online," 4 May 2020 For those who have spent years among the elite, earning lucrative salaries and burnishing glittering reputations, that is hardly a troubling prospect. Rory Smith, New York Times, "As Contracts Expire During Shutdown, Players and Clubs Ask: Now What?," 11 May 2020 Last month, China's Long March 3B, which was carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, failed shortly after launch, sending a glittering trail debris across the sky. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "China Launches Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet," 6 May 2020 The performance was confident; moving; powerful; a glimpse of a glittering musical career to come. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shared an Adorable Video of Luna Performing Ariana Grande's "NASA"," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And of course, nothing goes with a bottle of champagne (and a pair of sweats) than lots and lots of glitter. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "29 New Year's Nail Art Ideas to Kiss 2020 Goodbye With," 11 Dec. 2020 An enormous red bow sprinkled with half a ton of glitter marks the mall entrance, and snow falls each evening during a light show choreographed to holiday pop songs. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Where to see holiday lights in the L.A. area," 1 Dec. 2020 Inside this boombox purse, kids will find a Lil D.J. doll and accessories, including a pacifier and a baby bottle full of glitter. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Black Friday Deals live now in Canada," 23 Nov. 2020 Massive venues like The Roxy, Tunnel, The Palladium and Club USA hired them to bring their unique brand of glamour and glitter to the night. NBC News, "'Drag Explosion': The 'fabulousness and defiance' of '90s drag," 28 Dec. 2020 What’s Your Pleasure?, whose keyboard sizzles and drum thwacks seemed coated in a mix of glitter and cobwebs. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Disco Defined 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Instead, said Allyson Mitchell, executive director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition, choose wrapping paper without foil or glitter that can be recycled, and avoid disposable plastic bows. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "7 tips for sustainable gift giving during the most wonderful (and wasteful) time of year," 22 Dec. 2020 Nearby, a gaggle of animatronic clowns smile maniacally while holding chain saws; lush feather boas cascade down shelves like ivy; and the aisles twinkle with constellations of accessories covered in rhinestones and glitter. Julyssa Lopez, Vogue, "Rosalía on Ambition, Writing her New Album, and Embracing Extremes," 15 Dec. 2020 My first plan of action is to deal with the sparkly drifts of tinsel and glitter that Melania left behind. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "A Message from Joe Biden’s White House Cat," 15 Dec. 2020

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

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Last Updated

19 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glitter. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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