glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ ˈgli-tər How to pronounce glitter (audio) \
glittered; glittering; glitters

Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine by reflection with many small flashes of brilliant light : sparkle sequins glittered in the spotlight
b : to shine with strong emotion : flash eyes glittering in anger
2 : to be brilliantly attractive, lavish, or spectacular also : to be superficially attractive or exciting

glitter

noun

Definition of glitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : sparkling brilliance of something that glitters
b : a bright usually superficial attractiveness
c : the quality of being spectacular
2 : small glittering objects used for ornamentation

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Other Words from glitter

Noun

glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē How to pronounce glitter (audio) \ adjective

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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 glitter in a Sentence

Verb The sequins on her dress glittered in the sun. Her eyes glittered with intelligence and amusement. Noun He was drawn to the glitter of the city's nightlife.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Needless to say, brace yourselves for plenty of holiday cheer, from ribbon laced nails to glitter French tips. Michella Oré, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 According to Rachel, her son also sold small crafts — from little firecrackers to glitter bombs — from a table at a local store to raise the money for his tree house, and now, his vision has fully come to life. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2021 How does one differentiate among all the offers that literally glitter?! Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 26 May 2021 And the window display on Fifth Avenue will glitter with all-new jewels by David Yurman. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 30 Apr. 2021 Beyond these stars glitter other worlds, beyond this trial other tribulations of love. Usman T. Malik, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 Fragments of Htet’s product often glitter on their fingers. Paul Salopek, History & Culture, 4 Dec. 2020 Mark even wore Jojo's signature bow and glitter rainbow outfit for the big reveal while dancing in her closet. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 3 Aug. 2020 Wochit Lavish mansions cluster on the shore of Grosse Pointe Park’s Windmill Pointe, mostly built during Detroit’s glittering 1920s. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frogs croak, a skylark soars above all in dazzling pianistic glitter, grasshopper warblers rattle as their names suggest, and one reed warbler enters into a rapturous contrapuntal duet with another. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Many of the contributors employ wax, resin or glitter and share a taste for bold colors and hypnotic motifs. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 The Harley Quinn Daddy's Little Monster Shadow Palette combines brights and pastels with multiple finishes — matte, shimmer, and glitter. Marci Robin, Allure, 3 Sep. 2021 At her launch event for a biodegradable glitter this past June, Siadat wore a hot pink Balenciaga jumpsuit. Liana Satenstei, Vogue, 28 July 2021 Today's press-ons are thin and come in sophisticated nudes and classic reds as well as fun designs like marble, stripes, and glitter. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 29 May 2021 No doubt Gen Z is watching—and readying their pots of glitter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2021 Commercial-grade ornaments and LED lighting will serve as decorations, which have evolved over the years from pine cones dipped in gold glitter and stars cut from aluminum pie tins. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 1 July 2021 For appetizers, treat yourself to upscale Gatsby-esque hors d'oeuvres like Roe caviar on a potato chip with crème fraîche or strawberries coated in edible gold glitter. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of glitter

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glitter

Verb

Middle English gliteren, perhaps from Old Norse glitra; akin to Old English geolu yellow

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The first known use of glitter was in the 14th century

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27 Sep 2021

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“Glitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glitter. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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glitter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine brightly : to shine with bright points of light

glitter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glitter (Entry 2 of 2)

: light that shines in small, bright points
: an appealing, fancy, and exciting quality : a glamorous quality
: small, shiny objects used to decorate a surface

glitter

verb
glit·​ter | \ ˈgli-tər How to pronounce glitter (audio) \
glittered; glittering

Kids Definition of glitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sparkle brightly

glitter

noun

Kids Definition of glitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sparkling brightness
2 : small glittering objects for decoration

Other Words from glitter

glittery \ ˈgli-​tə-​rē \ adjective

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