shin·​ing | \ ˈshī-niŋ How to pronounce shining (audio) \

Definition of shining

1 : emitting or reflecting light
2 : bright and often splendid in appearance : resplendent
3 : possessing a distinguished quality : illustrious
4 : full of sunshine

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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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The random, hilarious scene by 26-year-old Bill Kottkamp, literally billed in the credits as Pizza Guy, was a shining moment of laughter in writer-director Gary Dauberman's horror film. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "We love Pizza Guy from 'Annabelle Comes Home' (even if he should've been sliced)," 29 June 2019 Since opening in 2009 the Viceroy Snowmass has been a shining beacon of luxury just outside of hustle and bustle, see and be seen culture of Aspen. Brandon Perlman, Town & Country, "A Ski-In/Ski-Out Massage Is the Ultimate Indulgence," 18 Feb. 2016 To say Carol Burnett had a shining moment at the 2019 Golden Globes would be a giant understatement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Read Carol Burnett's Incredibly Nostalgic Golden Globes Speech," 7 Jan. 2019 But the shining light in an otherwise pretty dark hour-long spot? Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Including Jughead's dark suit, which may be hiding a sinister message.," 26 Oct. 2018 Fans who were devastated that Downton Abbey ended received a shining beacon of hope over the summer, when news broke that a movie adaption of the hit series is happening. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Filming, and the Cast Can't Stop Celebrating," 13 Sep. 2018 While the artists listed below aren’t technical features, some of the album’s more shining moments belong to them. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Every Artist on Drake's 'Scorpion' Who Isn't a Feature," 29 June 2018 Then, of course, the unforgettable hug that served as the show’s shining moment. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Kanye and Virgil Abloh Hugging After the Louis Vuitton Show Makes Us Feel Again," 21 June 2018 And yet the same weekend that Americans watched the historic event, a shining moment in the Kennedy legacy, Ted’s car accident in Chappaquiddick threatened to unravel it. 8. Liz Mcneil,, "10 Shocking Things You'll Learn About the Chappaquiddick Scandal in Cover-Up," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of shining

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

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English Language Learners Definition of shining

: producing or reflecting a bright, steady light
: excellent or perfect

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