scin·​til·​lat·​ing | \ ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce scintillating (audio) \

Definition of scintillating

: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty a scintillating conversation

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Recent Examples on the Web The boots’ origins, which date back to 1961, however, are a bit less scintillating. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Roger Vivier Revs Up Boots Made Famous by Brigitte Bardot," 25 Nov. 2020 Sunday's final now pits two of Europe's most scintillating front lines against one another. Matias Grez, CNN, "Bayern Munich beats Lyon to set up Champions League final showdown against PSG," 19 Aug. 2020 As Rosen zoomed in, however, an animal flowed across my field of vision, rapidly propelled by its scintillating ciliary fringe. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 Observers in western North America, Australia, and China will see a rare blood moon for a scintillating 15 minutes. Jamie Carter, Travel + Leisure, "The Final Supermoon of 2020 Rises This Week — Here's How to See It," 2 May 2020 Helping to build a giant meth lab may simply seem like a more scintillating way to spend your retirement years than getting blotto in a bar and picking fights with strangers. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5, Episode 6 Recap: A Modest Proposal," 23 Mar. 2020 Flavors of bright berries, wild thyme and mountain air make this a scintillating rosé. Washington Post, "This deep pink rosé is a favorite — and a steal at $16," 17 Apr. 2020 But saying that Biden won doesn’t mean the debate was scintillating. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Biden Doesn’t Have to Let Sanders Pull Him Leftward," 18 Mar. 2020 Barely three weeks removed from her scintillating Grammys performance, Lizzo took the stage at the 2020 Brit Awards and delivered a four-song mega-mix dance party, equal parts playful and powerful. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Lizzo Sounds 'Good as Hell' on Dazzling 4-Song Medley at 2020 Brit Awards," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of scintillating

1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Scintillating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scintillating

: very clever, amusing, and interesting

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