glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ˈgli-tər \
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 \ adverb

Noun

glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē \ 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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Pieces on view, including an elaborate headdress and a nose ornament (both 1st-7th century), contain dangling elements that would have glittered and made sounds as the wearer moved—evocative reminders of jewelry’s affinity for spectacle. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Bling Through the Ages," 1 Nov. 2018 That glittering opulence may have been an allusion to the story of King Solomon’s glass palace, but the appearance of al-Mu’tasim’s audience chamber also created a physical manifestation of the caliph’s power. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 The replica Eiffel Tower glittered just as brightly on the north side of Cathedral Square (it was relocated to accommodate streetcar construction). Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bastille Days runners light it up on a hot opening night of the French-themed festival," 13 July 2018 Perfectly in sync with him throughout the 70-minute show is pianist Mark Janas, who underscores speeches as well as songs with sounds that move from glittering to jazzy to martial. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "With 'Broadway and the Bard,' Len Cariou helps us hear the music in Shakespeare," 29 June 2018 The 25-year old singer rocked a glittering silver dress with a bright pink cut-out portion as husband rocked a sharp black suit and bow tie combo. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Spend Date Night at Elton John's 26th Annual Oscars Watch Party," 5 Mar. 2018 Andres Iniesta, Spain Coming toward the end of a glittering career, that included the winning goal in the 2010 final. 16. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo tops list of top 50 players to look out for in Russia," 16 May 2018 The Champions League-winning former Liverpool manager ranks his achievement in guiding Newcastle to a top half finish among the highlights of his glittering coaching career. Jason Mellor, chicagotribune.com, "Conte: Chelsea must 'change our approach' to win FA Cup final," 13 May 2018 His glittering film career, including more than 40 movies in which he is credited as an actor, director or screenwriter, abruptly ended that year. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Long forgotten, a star of prewar Germany is rediscovered more than 70 years after his death at Auschwitz," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With his glitter leggings and penchant for twerking on indoor cycling bikes, Wimberly was pretty much the human embodiment of a fitness festival. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 The cabinets below hold all of Violette's creative makeup and tools for photoshoots, ranging from bags of loose glitter to a turkey baster (or two) meant for blowing colorful pigments on to skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Makeup Artist Violette's Beauty Stash," 18 July 2018 According to Fazio, the final tunnel, which has Incredibles daughter Violet perched along its top, incorporates 50 pounds of glitter for its glowing purple effect. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Like kind of spooky but also beautiful but also a hint of glitter. Elyssa Goodman, Billboard, "Chester Lockhart Talks 'Gay Ghost' Aesthetic, Friendship With Todrick Hall & Premieres 'In Loving Memory': Watch," 20 Apr. 2018 Make your hairstyle more festive with a few spritzes of hair glitter. Devin Toth, Redbook, "Easy Holiday Hairstyles," 8 Dec. 2011 And the drama didn't end there, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux punctuated each gaze with swathes of shimmery jade-green shadow and dabs of gold-flecked glitter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018 The finale came in a march of bare-chested men painted in silver glitter to go with their black disco pants. Washington Post, "French fashion powerhouse Saint Laurent takes New Jersey," 7 June 2018 And Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers embodied the glitter of Hollywood. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "In tough times, family bonds connect city to Spurs," 21 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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