shin·​ing ˈshī-niŋ How to pronounce shining (audio)
: emitting or reflecting light
: bright and often splendid in appearance : resplendent
: possessing a distinguished quality : illustrious
: full of sunshine

Examples of shining in a Sentence

Her latest movie is a shining example of what a film can be. the shining moon formed a nice backdrop for our outdoor concert
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shining was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: giving forth or reflecting a steady light : glowing
: outstanding sense 2
a shining example
shiningly adverb

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