Definition of glisten in US English:

glisten

verb

[no object]
  • (of something wet or greasy) shine; glitter.

    ‘his cheeks glistened with tears’
    ‘the glistening swimming pool’
    • ‘The street glistened with the sheen of light rainfall.’
    • ‘Her golden curls glistened in the candlelight and her skin had an almost luminescent glow.’
    • ‘He pulled away after a few moments and smiled at me tears still glistening in his eyes.’
    • ‘On a frosty morning, the sight of thousands of frozen droplets glistened like diamonds in the morning light.’
    • ‘The pale blue cobblestones glistened as the sun's rays sparkled on the light sheen of water.’
    • ‘His beautiful dark eyes were glistening and a tear escaped running down his tanned cheek.’
    • ‘His tan skin was glistening with sweat and his jet-black hair was greasy.’
    • ‘The gear the soldiers wore glistened beautifully in the morning sun.’
    • ‘She looked at her sister, and her eyes began to glisten with moisture.’
    • ‘His lightly muscled tanned bare skin glistened in the sun and he felt very much like an article on display.’
    • ‘His immaculately combed coat glistened in the late afternoon sun and felt soft and silky under my fingers.’
    • ‘My friend had gone white, his eyes glazing over, sweat glistening on his forehead.’
    • ‘They both looked across the ocean with the moonlight glistening off of the water.’
    • ‘Her eyes green eyes and black hair glistened in the moonlight.’
    • ‘Ripened fruit shone in the morning light, faintly glistening with dew drops.’
    • ‘The droplets of dew hung from the yellow furze and they glistened like a thousand diamonds.’
    • ‘A new layer of snow was added to the tundra last night and it glistened brightly.’
    • ‘The moon shone on the water as it glistened beautifully.’
    • ‘His skin was glistening with sweat and he had his sleeves and pants rolled up.’
    • ‘When his carriage had grown tiny at the gate, her eyes were still glistening with unshed tears of anger.’
    shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, glitter, catch the light, glimmer, shimmer, glow, flicker, blink, wink, flash
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noun

  • A sparkling light reflected from something wet.

    ‘there was a glisten of perspiration across her top lip’
    • ‘It was an uplifting ceremony which saw a glisten in many an eye!’
    • ‘My mom sat back, quietly eating her dinner, but the glisten in her eyes was evident.’
    • ‘She stared up at him, with a glisten of hatred in her eyes.’
    • ‘She quickly ran to her dresser, pulling the first drawer her open, her eyes searching for the glisten of gold.’
    • ‘The fierce glisten of the candle caught the kitten's tawny eyes as she looked up.’
    • ‘I thought I saw a tear glisten on his face before he returned the picture.’
    • ‘After a storm, you look out the window to see the glisten of fresh snow blanketing the ground and thin icicles dangling from the trees.’
    • ‘He licked the glisten from her fur and nuzzled among the sensitive whiskers around her snout.’
    • ‘I saw a glisten on his right hand, it was pretty, yet familiar, gold ring.’
    • ‘There was some guy, a curator, standing by me going, ‘the delicate brush strokes Vermeer used, look at the glisten on her lips, what do you see in her eyes?’’
    • ‘She was screaming, hysterical, although her pale eyes were narrowed and without so much a glisten.’
    • ‘The competitive glisten in his eyes was unmistakable, and I quickly took him up on his offer.’
    • ‘The look soon disappeared, and I couldn't miss the competitive glisten in his eyes when he retrieved the ornament from the floor and tossed it back at me.’
    • ‘Rick noticed the glisten of unshed tears in his stepmother's eyes.’
    • ‘Her eyes are Aquamarine, with a glisten in them, always.’
    light, brightness, gleam, glow, glint, glimmer, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, glitter, glisten, shimmer, flash, dazzle, beam, flare, glare, radiance, illumination, luminescence, luminosity, incandescence, phosphorescence, fluorescence
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Origin

Old English glisnian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German glisen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

glisten

/ˈɡlɪs(ə)n//ˈɡlis(ə)n/