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 But in the skies above Curiosity, the clouds appear to almost sparkle with color. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 June 2021 That’s part of what Diane sees in women and in her fashion: the importance of adding color and sparkle to your life. Claire Stern, Glamour, 9 Mar. 2021 This season, their new lurex pieces have caught my eye—because who doesn’t want to sparkle in water? Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 19 May 2021 Her almond eyes sparkle despite the gravity of her situation. CNN, 10 May 2021 Grab your sunglasses, because your stovetop is about to sparkle and shine. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2021 Fill up one of these tall glasses with iced tea, and admire how the different colored bases sparkle in the sunlight. Angela Serratore, Country Living, 8 Apr. 2021 Make mom’s day sparkle with a subscription to BijouxBox.com. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 3 May 2021 Nature trails sparkle with gentle lights reflecting a theme of peace, tranquility and inspiration, featuring the forest as a canvas for an artistic display of light. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Usually done in odd increments of three or five stones, engagement rings with numerous stones offer maximum sparkle. Jennifer Prince, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 For October dates, the look of the park will merge seasonal pumpkin-coach decorations with the park’s sparkle that’s tied to its 50th anniversary celebration. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 2 June 2021 Because of the organic nature of the materials and the hands-on process, every dial is unique, with its own mix of texture and sparkle, and cannot be exactly duplicated. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Unlike traditional highlighters or bronzers, Bronzino illuminates the face without that cheesy sparkle or unflattering shine. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 On the Friday of Kennedy’s assassination, Hap made that old Hornet sparkle. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2021 All that light brings a brilliant sparkle to the white quartz countertops resting atop the Oregon white oak tasting bar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2021 If that’s not quite enough glitz, the exotic ride also features Bronzo Chiaro wheels with the same diamond sparkle, along with red calipers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2021 Not all treasures announce themselves with sparkle—and Texas often prefers camouflage. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Sparkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sparkle. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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