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 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 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 Her phones are rarely away from those glittering nails, and as the production values rise, so do the costs. David Sax, Wired, "One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’," 21 Apr. 2020 From the 48th floor of the Andaz Toranomon Hills, the sprawl of Tokyo is a glittering blanket stretching out to infinity, and Amanda Seyfried is a tiny movie star with manga-size eyes to capture all of it. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Amanda Seyfried's Seyfried's Thoughts on Mid-Pandemic Beauty Is Just What You Need to Hear," 20 Apr. 2020 The pair gazed into each other’s eyes with the insular complicity of newlyweds, unscathed by the rain falling around them like glittering confetti. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Fractured Fairy Tale," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The affordable crystal bobby pins and rainbow glitter headbands were some of the trendiest hair accessories to hit Target shelves — that is, until now. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The Chicest Under-$10 Hair Accessories Just Dropped At Target," 4 May 2020 The Arteza blog, by the art supply company, has easy gifts to make, from keychain charms made of polymer clay to colorful bath bombs with fizzy Mica Powder and even glitter vases. oregonlive, "Make a pretty, homemade gift for Mother’s Day with crayons and other stuff kids already have," 30 Apr. 2020 In 2019, the company pushed the boat out into more colourful waters with its first sister line, Glossier Play, which includes makeup products such as coloured eyeliners and glitter gels for a more dramatic look. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "What Glossier’s grandiose plans for expansion mean for its brand identity," 10 Feb. 2020 For the awards show, nail artist Eri Ishizu decorated Lizzo’s tips with glitter-eights in honor of the singer receiving eight Grammy nominations. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Lizzo Has The Best Nail Designs and Here's Proof," 28 Jan. 2020 The result, brightly stuffed with pirates and vikings and glitter-winged creatures at every turn, will no doubt please very young viewers. Guy Lodge, chicagotribune.com, "‘Playmobil: The Movie’ review: Toy-based toon doesn’t deliver," 5 Dec. 2019 Why splatter glitter paint on a pumpkin that's perfect in its original state? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Opinion: Halloween Decor Is Ugly," 10 Sep. 2019 Henna and Glitter Tattoos with Miss Natasha, 3 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Join the library for custom henna and glitter tattoo body art. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona Calendar of Events: Aug. 8-14," 7 Aug. 2019 Enjoy food and drink specials, free balloon animal, free glitter tattoos, kids door prizes and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Free backpacks, school supplies and more: Back-to-school events, parties around Indianapolis," 25 July 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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The first known use of glitter was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glitter. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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