glit·​ter·​ing | \ ˈgli-tə-riŋ How to pronounce glittering (audio) \

Definition of glittering

1a : shining with many bright points of light Every few days a little glittering aeroplane appeared in the sky among the clouds and the circling hawks.— Doris Lessing And where the water had been trickling over and spurting through the dam there was now a glittering wall of icicles …— C. S. Lewis
b : shining with strong emotion … after being misdirected almost consistently, she goes out in glory, with glittering eyes and a lewd smile.— Pauline Kael
2 : brilliantly or showily impressive : dazzling a glittering career … the company today caters a glittering array of premiere social and corporate galas, from Poughkeepsie to Palm Beach.— Robert Masello also : superficially attractive or exciting … they left behind the glittering social life of Orlando … — Douglas Frantz et al.

Other Words from glittering

glitteringly adverb
His libretto is very bare, a skeleton of short, clear phrases on to which he has grafted slivers of music glitteringly alive thanks to his fine ear for sound. — Richard Fairman

First Known Use of glittering

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Glittering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glittering

: shining brightly
: very attractive or appealing in a fancy or exciting way
chiefly British : very successful or impressive

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