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

The judges will start sorting through the glittering jewels that the Americans have just strewn before them, perhaps picking up Cole Porter. Heather Mac Donald, National Review, "The American Songbook," 22 Aug. 2019 So, to celebrate the Frenchman's glittering career, here's a look back on seven of his best ever moments ahead of what looks like the final chapter of one helluva captivating book. SI.com, "Franck Ribery: Seven of the Bayern Munich Legend's Greatest Moments Following Fiorentina Switch," 22 Aug. 2019 There were just as many ravers in their 40s, 50s and even 60s boogying down in glittering gear. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Meow Wolf's Taos Vortex Festival Brought Community to the Forefront," 20 Aug. 2019 Petra Kvitova's 6-3 6-0 victory over Eugenie Bouchard in 2014 sprung to mind as another glittering display. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Flawless Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon," 13 July 2019 Styled by Vogue Brazil’s fashion director, Pedro Sales, who joined her for a few pre-show selfies, Sato looked radiant bedecked with glittering jewels, including Bulgari chandelier earrings and a Tiffany and Co. ring. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Brazilian TV Star Just Took Tomo Koizumi’s Larger-Than-Life Designs to the Red Carpet," 25 Mar. 2019 So the owners are looking to offer their customers the option of gathering around a glittering pool, not far from a fridge, a couch, and a flat-screen. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Amid shark fears, pool companies on the Cape say business is going swimmingly," 15 Aug. 2019 Clooney was recently spotted out for dinner with her mother and her husband, actor and Academy Award winner George Clooney, near their home in the romantic Italian countryside near glittering Lake Como. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Glows in Emerald Green During Dinner in Italy," 23 July 2019 There’s something for everyone at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Greater Palm Springs (Photo: Visit Greater Palm Springs) It’s hard to think of a better spot to chill out in the summer than a glittering pool in Greater Palm Springs. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Discover the best places to chill out poolside at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rick Santorum was glitter bombed no fewer than six times between January and February 2012. Lauren Cocking, Teen Vogue, "The History of Using Glitter As a Symbol of Protest," 28 Aug. 2019 In fact, the only thing standing between the shadow and her eyebrows was golden glitter outlining the shadow and creating a full oval around her eye, making her lower lash line sparkle. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lizzo's Sparkly Yellow Eye Shadow Stole the Show at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the greatest trick Funko ever pulled is releasing multiple iterations of the same character, whether in different costumes or poses, or painted with glitter or chrome. Amelia Tait, Vox, "How aggressively cute toys for adults became a $686 million business," 13 Aug. 2019 Not to mention the endless possibilities a bit or a bucket load of glitter, a few golden feathers and scrunchies can offer. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Lollapalooza 2019: Things we loved from day 4, but Ariana Grande was a pop star on autopilot," 4 Aug. 2019 Her closet is an explosion of tie-dye, fishnets, vegan leather, cropped denim, rainbow stripes, shimmery metallics, and an overload of glitter. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Corona loves to bake, enjoys singing and happens to be an enthusiastic artist who is especially drawn to using glitter in her work. Tim Brown, oregonlive.com, "Nike, Doernbecher reveal 6 patient-designers for 2019 DB Freestyle shoe, clothing collections," 12 Aug. 2019 Best Temporary Hair Color for Unicorn Hair Why not add glitter into the mix? Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Temporary Hair Color Products, According to Professional Colorists," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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