sparkle

verb
spar·​kle | \ ˈspär-kəl How to pronounce sparkle (audio) \
sparkled; sparkling\ ˈspär-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sparkling (audio) \

Definition of sparkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to throw out sparks
b : to give off or reflect bright moving points of light
c : to perform brilliantly
2 : effervesce wine that sparkles
3 : to become lively or animated the dialogue sparkles with wit eyes sparkling with anger

transitive verb

: to cause to glitter or shine

sparkle

noun

Definition of sparkle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a little spark : scintillation
2 : the quality of sparkling
b : the quality or state of being effervescent

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Synonyms: Verb

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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 sparkle in a Sentence

Verb The dancers sparkled on stage. Her eyes sparkled with pride. Noun The sun reflected off the water in bright sparkles of light. He caught the sparkle of her diamond out of the corner of his eye. a performance full of sparkle and originality the sparkle in her eyes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Howard battled foul trouble and ineffectiveness and Harden endured a hideous shooting night, the Blazers’ stalwarts sparkled. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers Classics: LaMarcus Aldridge’s record-setting night lifts Portland over Houston Rockets in Game 1 of playoffs," 12 May 2020 Proficient plotting can also be seen (and, more importantly, felt) as bland programming, leading to a series of films that often boast sparkling continuity at the expense of thrilling imagination. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Our critics take another look at ‘The Avengers’ in the #UltimateSummerMovie Showdown," 5 May 2020 The sun will be shining bright and Churchill Downs will be sparkling. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Derby Day at home with The Courier Journal's virtual 146th Kentucky Derby," 25 Apr. 2020 In a city that’s been fighting overtourism for years, videos taken in March showed Venice’s canals sparkling clean. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Female Rowers in Venice Are Delivering Groceries to the Elderly by Gondola," 23 Apr. 2020 Add a basket of bubbles filled with sparkling wine, sparkling lemonade and Pellegrino ($28). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "20 metro Phoenix restaurants offering Easter dinner and brunch for take out," 8 Apr. 2020 Darkness won’t stop the dot-underwing moth from sparkling. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Nocturnal Moths Sparkle at Night," 3 Jan. 2020 Bud’s writing sparkled, with crisp, logical thinking presented in a straightforward style that all could understand. Martin Pollak, STAT, "Remembering UpToDate creator Burton (Bud) Rose, the ‘Steve Jobs of medicine’," 25 Apr. 2020 The fish sparkles, yes, but the rice is the difference maker — tender and cohesive, perfectly seasoned, with each grain maintaining its autonomy. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the 6 best restaurants in Chandler," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was no absence of sparkle on the stage, from Jordan Roth’s beaded, sparkling leopard print cape to Paris Hilton’s nude bodysuit adorned with crystals. Washington Post, "The Blonds go over-the-top with the help of ‘Moulin Rouge’," 12 Sep. 2019 Once the eggs are dry, use some gold or silver paint pens to add some sparkle. Los Angeles Times, "How to dye Easter eggs with stuff you already have in your pantry or fridge," 10 Apr. 2020 Carson Downing Create a totally decked out Easter egg by attaching candy gems, such as Assorted Edible Jewels, $14.99, Etsy, to a cookie covered in sparkles. While the iced cookies are still wet, sprinkle on edible metallic glitter. Bh&g Holiday Editors, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Stunning Easter Cookie Decorating Ideas You Need to Try This Weekend," 7 Apr. 2020 Instead, follow the sparkle of crystal to Zion Rock & Gem, and choose a geode. National Geographic, "Here’s the best winter road trip through Utah," 23 Jan. 2020 For those who want to take in the sparkle and fun of the floats, free parking is available in shopping centers along the parade route. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Northern Brazoria County brimming with holiday events," 27 Nov. 2019 Glass artist Annukka Ritalahti will add sparkle to your holidays with glass snowflakes and bevel stars. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 22 Nov. 2019 And damn does that thing have some serious sparkle. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Looks Like an Actual Disney Princess in This Unearthed Video from Her Wedding Day," 9 Feb. 2020 The Gill-Wampler residence in Southeast Portland is an architectural gem that receives extra sparkle in December. oregonlive, "Historic Southeast Portland gem of a house sparkles with holiday decorations," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sparkle

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sparkle

Verb

Middle English, frequentative of sparken to spark

Noun

Middle English, diminutive of sparke

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The first known use of sparkle was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

20 May 2020

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“Sparkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sparkle. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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sparkle

verb
How to pronounce sparkle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sparkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce small flashes of light
: to perform very well
: to be or become bright and lively

sparkle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sparkle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small flash of bright light
: a lively quality

sparkle

verb
spar·​kle | \ ˈspär-kəl How to pronounce sparkle (audio) \
sparkled; sparkling

Kids Definition of sparkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give off small flashes of light The diamond sparkled.
2 : to be lively or bright The conversation sparkled. His eyes sparkled.

sparkle

noun

Kids Definition of sparkle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a little flash of light sparkles of red light
2 : the quality of being bright or giving off small flashes of light the sparkle of a diamond the sparkle of her eyes

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