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sparkle

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verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

Definition of sparkle

sparkled

sparkling

play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to throw out sparksb :  to give off or reflect bright moving points of lightc :  to perform brilliantly

  3. 2 :  effervesce <wine that sparkles>

  4. 3 :  to become lively or animated <the dialogue sparkles with wit> <eyes sparkling with anger>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to glitter or shine

sparkly

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of sparkle in a sentence

  1. The dancers sparkled on stage.

  2. Her eyes sparkled with pride.

Origin and Etymology of sparkle

Middle English, frequentative of sparken to spark


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of sparkle

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>.

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sparkle

noun spar·kle

Definition of sparkle

  1. 1 :  a little spark :  scintillation

  2. 2 :  the quality of sparkling

  3. 3a :  animation, livelinessb :  the quality or state of being effervescent

Examples of sparkle in a sentence

  1. The sun reflected off the water in bright sparkles of light.

  2. He caught the sparkle of her diamond out of the corner of his eye.

  3. a performance full of sparkle and originality

  4. the sparkle in her eyes

Origin and Etymology of sparkle

Middle English, diminutive of sparke


First Known Use: 14th century


SPARKLE Defined for English Language Learners

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sparkle

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verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

Definition of sparkle for English Language Learners

  • : to produce small flashes of light

  • : to perform very well

  • : to be or become bright and lively


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sparkle

noun spar·kle

Definition of sparkle for English Language Learners

  • : a small flash of bright light

  • : a lively quality


SPARKLE Defined for Kids

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sparkle

play
verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

Definition of sparkle for Students

sparkled

sparkling

  1. 1 :  to give off small flashes of light <The diamond sparkled.>

  2. 2 :  to be lively or bright <The conversation sparkled.> <His eyes sparkled.>


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sparkle

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noun spar·kle

Definition of sparkle for Students

  1. 1 :  a little flash of light <sparkles of red light>

  2. 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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