shining

adjective
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Alicia Keys brought to life the concrete jungle where dreams are made of in a shimmering silver strapless Ralph Lauren gown with a sweeping black cape that featured a shining New York City skyline. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 This is a shining moment for him and was very unrehearsed. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Clearly, the withdrawal from Afghanistan was not a shining moment for the United States. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2022 Mount Rainier stands out like a shining, white beacon against the Seattle skyline. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 18 Sep. 2021 The 14-minute medley was a shining tribute to Black L.A. culture and hip-hop, with the iconic Rosecrans Avenue long known for being the cradle of it all. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 In the sprawling digital cityscape of U, Suzu is surprised by her appearance as Belle, a shining, pink-haired beacon. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 14 Jan. 2022 In reconsidering what makes art valuable, Somerville does not so much dispute Mandel’s judgments about the past (shining and false) and the future (real and hard) as collapse them. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 This was a shining moment for an offensive line and running game that’s taken its lumps this season. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shining

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

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“Shining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shining. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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