spar·kly | \ˈspär-k(ə-)lē \
sparklier; sparkliest

Definition of sparkly 

: tending to sparkle : shining with or reflecting bright points of light sparkly Christmas decorations Run by various entrepreneurs, the vehicles … are cheap, plentiful, and known for loud music and sparkly disco balls.— Shara Tonn

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And now, rumors are circulating that Kylie may be engaged to Travis, thanks to a very sparkly ring on that all-important finger. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears Huge Diamond on Her Ring Finger, Fuels Engagement Rumors," 29 Apr. 2018 The new clip, which also features Travis Scott, is reminiscent of a vampire horror film and finds Lee pairing a gold fish-bone choker with a sparkly chrome jacket and a taupe fringed vest—two looks that are difficult to imagine on anyone else. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Swae Lee’s Stylish Swagger Is on Full Display in Rae Sremmurd’s New Music Video," 25 Apr. 2018 Other headgear in the mix included conical clown caps and slouchy sparkly beanies. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 After showing pieces that any lover of a dark leather and denim aesthetic could get behind, the show ended on a decidedly more sparkly note with models walking out in the finale covered in disco-ball silver paint. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Opens the Saint Laurent Spring 2019 Men's Show in NYC," 7 June 2018 As one of country's biggest sweethearts, Kelsea Ballerini is always sporting something sparkly and looking gorgeous. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Kelsea Ballerini Goes Makeup-Free in 'Back to Reality' Instagram Post," 2 July 2018 Priyanka Chopra had a purple Vivienne Westwood dress and coat for the ceremony, but then opted for a sparkly Dior gown for the reception. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding: Everything we know about the evening reception," 20 May 2018 In an exclusive clip from Tuesday's episode of NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' Udi offers a glowing contrast in color that culminates in a sparkly explosion. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch glowing 'AGT' duo explode into colorful sparks in tonight's audition," 19 June 2018 During Spade’s numerous visits to San Francisco (attending the SFMOMA Modern Ball or Norman and Norah Stone’s summer Stonescape soirees in Napa), Speer also became a fan of Spade’s warm, sparkly personality. Catherine Bigelow,, "Bay Area friends remember Kate Spade’s ‘indelible imprint’," 8 June 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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