sparkle

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

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 Here’s to adding some color and sparkle to your holiday cheer. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "COOL STUFF," 14 Dec. 2020 Dear Miss Manners: Due to an unfortunate experience with Victorian novels and my dear grandmother, I was led to understand that the only things that should sparkle on a lady during the day are her wedding jewelry and her eyes. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Kicking customers out, hours after closing," 21 Nov. 2020 To do so, Kramer must appeal to two discordant audiences, offering scholarship for academy members (and students and film snobs) and sparkle for the masses. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Academy Museum Gives Debbie Reynolds Her Due as a Costume Conservator," 16 Nov. 2020 For those looking to add a little Broadway sparkle to their December, The Prom, on Netflix December 11, will do the trick. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Prom on Netflix Is Sparkly, Heartwarming Fun—Even With Its Flaws," 10 Dec. 2020 Through poetry, stand-up comedy, and sweaty go-go dance vibes, the play serves up whimsy, sparkle and shine with sly and smart social commentary. oregonlive, "5 things to do this week: Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and Do-it-yourself Turkey Trot," 18 Nov. 2020 Another way to add height—and sparkle—is with glassware. Lia Picard, House Beautiful, "The Beginner's Guide to Creating a Picture-Perfect Tablescape," 30 Oct. 2020 All that tree wants to do is sparkle and mind its business like the rest of us. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree," 20 Nov. 2020 The sand does indeed sparkle and, as Nantz said, is strikingly similar to granulated sugar. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "The special ingredient of those brilliant white sand traps at the Masters," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In her Instagram caption, along with a single pink sparkle heart emoji, Lovato credits the creator of her new look, hairstylist and colourist Amber Maynard Bolt. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Demi Lovato’s Side-Buzzed Pixie Just Got A Pastel Upgrade," 12 Jan. 2021 That entails brilliant defense at shortstop, game-changing power and speed on offense, a shrewd understanding of the game, and a passionate, effervescent personality that adds a dose of sparkle and flair to the whole package. New York Times, "Francisco Lindor Talks Mets, Pizza and Contract Extensions," 11 Jan. 2021 This rose gold polish gives a subtle sparkle that is so stunning and celebratory. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Ring in 2021 with these adorable New Year’s nail art ideas," 23 Dec. 2020 Msangi’s trio of stars are uniformly great — Mwine with a genuine sparkle in his eyes, not entirely dimmed by weariness and worry; and Lawson capturing, often in the same moment, a teenage mix of terror and bravado. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Farewell Amor is a sensitive, hopeful immigrant story: Review," 12 Dec. 2020 Others prefer a more subtle approach, hardly dabbling in the traditional red-and-green shades of the season, preferring hints of sparkle over in-your-face festiveness. Marci Robin, Allure, "49 Festive Christmas Nail Art Designs to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit," 9 Dec. 2020 No matter who’s coming for dinner, this rustic and refined table setting with layers of subtle sparkle and casual texture adds warm holiday cheer to the gathering. Ryan Dyer, Star Tribune, "A taste of elegance for the holiday table," 25 Nov. 2020 Go for glitz and gold with a glam tree that takes sparkle to new heights. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Coolest Christmas Tree Styles to Try This Year, and Where to Shop Each Look," 23 Nov. 2020 Rickie de Sole, Executive Fashion Director Looking down at my feet and seeing sparkle gives me instant joy. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Feel Good Fashion: 17 Vogue Editors Celebrate their Most-Loved Pieces," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Sparkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sparkle. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for sparkle

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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