glit·​ter·​ing ˈgli-tə-riŋ How to pronounce glittering (audio)
: shining with many bright points of light
Every few days a little glittering aeroplane appeared in the sky among the clouds and the circling hawks.Doris Lessing
And where the water had been trickling over and spurting through the dam there was now a glittering wall of icicles …C. S. Lewis
: shining with strong emotion
… after being misdirected almost consistently, she goes out in glory, with glittering eyes and a lewd smile.Pauline Kael
: brilliantly or showily impressive : dazzling
a glittering career
… the company today caters a glittering array of premiere social and corporate galas, from Poughkeepsie to Palm Beach.Robert Masello
also : superficially attractive or exciting
… they left behind the glittering social life of Orlando … Douglas Frantz et al.
glitteringly adverb
His libretto is very bare, a skeleton of short, clear phrases on to which he has grafted slivers of music glitteringly alive thanks to his fine ear for sound. Richard Fairman

Examples of glittering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pièce de résistance is an atrium that’s adorned with a glittering Swarovski crystal chandelier. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 9 Jan. 2024 The television personality accessorized her all-purple red carpet ensemble with a glittering purple clutch bag and purple slingback heels that featured a silver embellishment. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 Once inside, the air-kissing (and gossiping) took place under a glittering disco ball that somehow managed to dominate even the 5,000-plus capacity Royal Albert Hall, as the equally glittering fashion crowd took their seats ready for the evening’s proceedings. Liam Hess, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2023 Awards season has been in full swing in the U.K., and the highlight of the month was the glittering Music Industry Trust Awards, held in London last month. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 Wander around the Christmas markets ‘Tis the season for Christmas markets galore, where those in town are spoiled for choice regarding the finest street foods, pop-up bars, and glittering trinkets. Connor Sturges, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Nov. 2023 There are the standard small hoops and huggies, but Michelle’s first collection shines with standouts like the Donut earring sets, a fat hoop design with a glittering crystal smacked into the middle. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Her all-black bartender’s ensemble has been swapped for the glittering, sequined leotards that little kids dream about wearing on stage. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 30 Oct. 2023 On Sunday, Marie Chantal, 55, attended the glittering 18th birthday bash for the second in line to the Danish throne at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen and arrived with her navy Order of Saints Olga and Sophia sash on the wrong shoulder. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of glittering was in the 14th century

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“Glittering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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