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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Other Words from sparkle

Verb

sparkly \ ˈspär-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sparkly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sparkle

Synonyms: Verb

scintillate, spark

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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

In the best passages, her witty dialogue sparkles like diamonds in Champagne. Ron Charles | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019 When the new moon coincides with a Monday, the small Indian town of Jejuri in western Maharashtra state sparkles with gold. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival showers Indian town with turmeric," 5 June 2019 Maisie’s custom pale pink Coach dress literally sparkled with vintage crystal and sequin beading in floral motifs. Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Attend "Game of Thrones" Belfast Premiere," 13 Apr. 2019 Summit Entertainment Ten years ago this month, the first Twilight movie sparkled broodily into movie theaters. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 Emilia Wickstead sparkled in a black glitter frock while Charlotte Dellal showcased her new fetching red locks. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 The singer looked right at home at the event, which was filled with excited teens dressed to the nines and letting loose on what appeared to be a massive, packed dance floor lit up with strings of sparkling lights. refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Went To Prom With Some Special Fans," 24 June 2018 To the west, the Pacific Ocean; to the south, Catalina Island and the dockyards of Long Beach; to the north, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriels; and all around, a blanket of sparkling city lights. Davy Rothbart, Los Angeles Magazine, "I Learned to Love Griffith Park by Spending 18 Hours Straight There," 23 May 2018 The fear around sparkling water’s effect on teeth comes down to the beverage’s acidity. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bomber, retailing for $299.99, is covered in silver sparkles and features hummingbird patches throughout. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Feelin' Jovani! RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Designs $299 Cabaret-Inspired Jacket with the Brand," 13 June 2019 While Joe trudges through his day, Amelia is sparkle and light, quoting characters from Friends and jetting off to visit bears in the Lake Tahoe basin or to hike peaks around the world. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Find Me' Is the Indie Adventure Film We All Need," 4 June 2019 And then there was her makeup artist Scott Barnes' lotion, Body Bling, that was meant to give us regular humans that J.Lo sparkle and shimmer. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez Is Launching a Skin Care Line," 13 Dec. 2018 The other sprayable product in the range is more about sparkle than scent: a Glitter Body Mist. Marci Robin, Allure, "There’s Another Aladdin Makeup Collection on the Market — But There's a Catch," 23 May 2019 Keep a spray bottle with vinegar on hand and spritz the inside of your machine frequently in between washes for prolonged sparkle. Sara Clark, Country Living, "How to Clean Your Dishwasher," 23 May 2019 Gently brush sparkle gels on top of glaze and decorate as desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream Éclairs," 7 Mar. 2019 Sequins add sparkle to this Monique Lhuillier Silver Sequin Heart Lunch Bag ($24.50 at potterybarnkids.com). Christina Barron, The Seattle Times, "The best lunch boxes for kids (and the young at heart)," 16 Aug. 2018 Add some sparkle to your life with this perfect care package item! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Care Package Items for Every Kind of College Student," 2 Aug. 2018

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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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More Definitions for sparkle

sparkle

verb

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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