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 statement ended with a flash of his diamond-glittered smile. Billboard, "Post Malone Proves He's a Certified Rockstar With Energized Governors Ball Performance," 2 June 2018 The intimate gathering— thrown to celebrate the launch of Costa Brazil, a skincare line dedicated to sustainability—provided cucumber tequila cocktails and caviar to a diverse and glittering crew. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Franciso Costa Celebrates the Launch of his Skincare Line Costa Brazil," 9 Feb. 2019 But that downfall never came because Kansas City’s glaring flaw became a glittering strength. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Exorcism," 13 Jan. 2019 Dressed in a glittering gold bodysuit and robe by The Blonds, the Pose star was carried onto the carpet by a group of shirtless male attendants—all of them, naturally, also dressed in gold. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Arrived on the Met Gala Red Carpet Fully Dressed as an Egyptian Sun God," 6 May 2019 Agrawal had on a glittering hat, a bright pink wig, and a gauzy white cape that she’d worn at her wedding. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 In his early 30s, Fred Malek had a glittering resume. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Fred Malek Wielded Influence in Politics and Business Despite Early Stumbles," 28 Mar. 2019 The first movement, a Toccata, opens with a rigorous statement of a stirring theme that soon fractures into a madcap rush of piano scales and glittering orchestral business. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Bold Pianist Rescues an Overlooked Concerto," 9 Feb. 2018 On La Perla’s Instagram see Priyanka Chopra in a bodysuit and a polka dot frock, or Kourtney Kardashian wearing a delicate lace bra with a glittering sheer dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "La Perla Releases Its First Bridal Collection—and It’s Very Hot," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the crowd, that meant shimmering dresses (Flaviana Matata rocked a chainmail-like ensemble), bright colors (Tina Leung wore a series of neon), feathers, and glitter all over. Vogue, "Feathers and French Fries: Nausheen Shah Throws Quite the Birthday at the Top of the Standard," 22 Apr. 2019 After Carrie finished her performance, the crowd erupted in applause and got on their feet for a standing ovation—and the country songstress had tears streaming down her face (as well as some glitter, thanks to her stage makeup). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Cried On Stage In Her First Performance Since Her Scary Fall," 16 Apr. 2018 Downtown Cleveland at night glitters in one fight scene filmed atop the old Third District police station on Payne Avenue. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 1 Apr. 2018 There was sushi with pink rice, ice cream cones covered in glitter, french fries in branded pink sleeves, and ramen (one of Kylie's favorite foods) for guests to munch on. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Celebrates the Launch of Kylie Skin with an Epic Party Worthy of an MTV Special," 22 May 2019 In this week's Coastal News Roundup, WWNO's Travis Lux and The Times-Picayune's Tristan Baurick discuss research from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference and the environmental consequences of Mardi Gras glitter. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Roseau cane, oil spill research and Mardi Gras glitter: This week's coastal news roundup," 9 Feb. 2018 There's no right or wrong way to assemble it: Just mix up some glitter and table salt, gather your snowman's appendages, and drop all of it in a plastic ball ornament. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Get the Whole Family Crafting With These Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments," 6 Dec. 2018 The better news: the collectors'-item packaging features its same pale pink color but looks like it's been rolled in glitter. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced Is Making a 'Better Than Birthday Sex' Mascara for Its Anniversary," 1 Aug. 2018 Like tube tops and fanny packs, body glitter is a 2000s trend that’s making an unlikely comeback. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Chrissy Teigen Is Doing Her Part to Bring Back Body Glitter," 20 June 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 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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