Definition of glitter in English:

glitter

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Shine with a bright, shimmering, reflected light.

    ‘trees and grass glittered with dew’
    • ‘The sky outside the Sanctuary was a rich, deep blue; several pinpoints of stars glittered softly.’
    • ‘A few stars glittered coldly in the rifts between the clouds.’
    • ‘Her engagement ring glittered on her ring finger, a symbol of the promise she'd made.’
    • ‘A beautiful silver necklace decorated her throat, and a small silver tiara glittered in her hair.’
    • ‘Medals hung from above the breast pocket, glittering coldly in the lamplight.’
    • ‘She smiled back at the male, her own eyes glittering in the morning sunlight.’
    • ‘Christopher lifted her hand, the ring glittering in the light.’
    • ‘The palace was constructed of a hard opaque crystal, as well as marble and stone, and it seemed to glitter in the light of the morning sun.’
    • ‘The polished hull glittered in the sunlight, and its enormous sails fluttered proudly.’
    • ‘Above their heads glittered a crystal chandelier the size of most people's kitchen tables, laced with gold.’
    • ‘Her shoulder-length jet-black hair glittered in the sunlight as did her blue-gray eyes.’
    • ‘The first thing she saw were stars, glittering like diamonds against the blackness.’
    • ‘From there, Liz could see the gold wedding band glittering slightly in the candlelight.’
    • ‘She held up her hand and her ring glittered in the light.’
    • ‘The waves lapped gently at the beach, glittering gently in the mid-afternoon sun.’
    • ‘The camera dips into a flowing stream, glittering in the sunshine.’
    • ‘His gold Chain of Office glittered cruelly in the morning sunshine.’
    • ‘Stars glittered like diamonds thrown randomly into the sky, landing in a pattern of perfection.’
    • ‘I feel disturbed at the thought, and in the end, account it to the array of bright lights glittering in the darkness.’
    • ‘The small piece of gold glittered brightly in the moonlight, setting off the red ruby it encircled.’
    shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, blink, wink, catch the light, flash, spangle
    glister
    scintillate, coruscate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
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    1. 1.1 Shine as a result of strong feeling.
      ‘her eyes were glittering with excitement’
      • ‘She suddenly stopped, her eyes still glittering brightly with an emotion he could unmask all too well.’
      • ‘Little sister flushed, and her eyes glittered angrily, but she said nothing, refusing to jettison the trip on such petty provocation.’
      • ‘Than a wicked smile distorted her features and her eyes glittered with malice, ‘my hair needs to be done if someone is to come calling.’’
      • ‘His emerald eyes glittered maliciously around at everyone.’
      • ‘Her eyes glittered with excitement as she gazed at her surroundings for what seemed to be the thousandth time.’
      • ‘Sara's eyes glittered dangerously in the firelight and I knew I was in trouble now.’
      • ‘His dark, beady eyes glittered with genuine excitement.’
      • ‘Her cheeks are flushed with anger and her eyes glitter dangerously.’
      • ‘‘Your fear of the human body is very funny,’ remarked the demon, her face and eyes glittering with mirth.’
      • ‘She blinked once in surprise, and then her brow lowered and her dark eyes glittered with rage.’
      • ‘‘Oh, Nathaniel,’ she smiled softly, her weak eyes glittering with love for the man.’
      • ‘He pressed her, hoping to get an answer as his eyes glittered with anticipation.’
      • ‘She stood up to meet him, her eyes glittering with barely suppressed anger.’
      • ‘His face was noble and his eyes glittered keenly with curiosity.’
      • ‘His eyes were glittering with anger, and it scared me.’
      • ‘Leanne looked immensely interested, and her eyes glittered with excitement.’
      • ‘Natalie smiled as his eyes glittered in amusement.’
      • ‘She exclaimed in a hushed voice, but her eyes glittered with excitement.’

noun

  • 1Bright, shimmering, reflected light.

    ‘the blue glitter of the sea’
    • ‘It is dark, apart from the glitter of icons and the lights in front of the iconostasis.’
    • ‘The alley was pitch black except for the reflected glitter of the water on the walls.’
    • ‘A head was peering out at him from around the end of one of the rows, long shiny hair, a glitter of eyes reflecting the light on the table.’
    • ‘A stretch of water caught the light with a metallic glitter.’
    • ‘His eyes were catching moonlight coming in through the back doors, throwing a glitter just beside the pupils.’
    • ‘Suddenly a glitter of light from the far end of the cavern caught her gaze, Darren thought it was a way out but as he and Jenny got closer, it wasn't.’
    • ‘Suddenly a small glitter of light on the ground caught her eye.’
    • ‘He flipped it into the air, watching the flash and glitter of the light on the blade.’
    • ‘When the group had hit ground, there was a faint glitter of light in the distance.’
    • ‘My first cat, Jimmy, loved to lie under the tree and gently bat one particular ornament back and forth between his paws to watch the glitter shimmer on its blue surface.’
    • ‘He looked at her with eyes as bright as the glitter of dust on armor, and she shifted, suddenly uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Artistically ripped jeans hung gracefully around his gently jutting hips, his bright t-shirts bringing out the glitter of his eyes.’
    • ‘He bit, and there was an outright flash of anger at that: ears flattening and a glitter of teeth in the firelight.’
    • ‘The sun's rays kiss the body of the mountains as the frosts on the grass melts and the dew drops on the flower sparkle like a diamond to the glitter of light.’
    • ‘The dagger spun away in a glitter of moonlight on metal to clatter on riverbed rock.’
    sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, blink, flash
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    1. 1.1 A glint in a person's eye indicating a particular emotion.
      ‘the scathing glitter in his eyes’
      • ‘Confused, I blinked open an eye and found one of our lab buddies staring down at me with an amused glitter in his bright blue eyes.’
      • ‘When she did, he saw the nameless glitter in her eyes.’
      • ‘Emily pouted, yet I could see the glitter in her eyes.’
      • ‘His hand caressed the hilt of his dagger, and a dangerous glitter, like chips of cruel ice, flickered in his usually mild eyes.’
      • ‘I could see the glitter in his eyes and the smirk that was about to come on any minute.’
      • ‘I saw both relief and grief glitter in his light blue eyes.’
      • ‘A new glitter lit her eyes, though he didn't see it, as the band began to play a slow waltz.’
      • ‘There was a heartbroken look on his face and no glitter in his bright, blue eyes.’
  • 2Tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration.

    ‘sneakers trimmed with sequins and glitter’
    • ‘Every speck of glitter is a tiny mirror reflecting the observer.’
    • ‘It was purple and dusted with glitter and sparkles that seemed to pass for stars.’
    • ‘Her dress was red, and long, the top part of her dress resembled a halter and the straps had sparkling glitter on it.’
    • ‘Once upstairs, she found a wooden door marked with an A4 piece of cartridge paper, decorated with glitter and sequins and spelling out her first name in finger-painted letters.’
    • ‘It had a tint of glitter, and it sparkled with every turn.’
    • ‘The final effect was rubbing a glue stick randomly on the snow and sprinkling it with silver glitter for that sparkly look that snow sometimes has.’
    • ‘Slowly the spices changed a few subtle colors, and then started to sparkle like flying glitter.’
    • ‘The gold, satin curtains, decorated with glitter, were tied back making them sparkle in the sunlight streaming through the crystal clear windows.’
    • ‘There was a bachelor party earlier on the evening, which resulted in a fair number of guys having tiny lavender glitter sticking to their faces.’
    • ‘The card was wrapped in a purple envelope that was sprayed with some kind of perfume and decorated heavily with glitter.’
    • ‘Perhaps you can even decorate them with glitter or other sparking elements.’
    • ‘Sticking so much glitter to any piece of bare flesh available, this manages to turn its wearer into a human snowball.’
    • ‘Although the heel is low for comfort, the ivory shoes are decorated with glitter and pearls for beauty.’
    • ‘It smells softly of rose and contains tiny pieces of fairy glitter designed to sparkle subtly - guaranteed to make you look like the cat's miaow.’
    • ‘The body of it was silver and white, with sparkly glitter.’
    • ‘Shake it up and you get sparkly glitter on your skin.’
    • ‘It sparkled like glitter, and then disappeared.’
    • ‘These creations, which feature a sparkling surface into which glitter is compressed and then sealed, represent a fusion of contemporary and kitsch.’
    • ‘Just tiny little sparkles of glitter on it that makes it so pretty.’
    • ‘It was a midnight-blue gown, dusted with sparkly purple glitter.’
  • 3An attractive and exciting but superficial quality.

    ‘he avoids the glitter of show business’
    • ‘For that alone, it had attracted my attention, but he'd even added some glitter.’
    • ‘But in my book, beauty without smiles and charm means very little in an industry overrun by glitz and glitter.’
    • ‘The more complex question is why some sports performers have that factor X which adds glitter to quality and makes a mere player into a personality.’
    • ‘Many of his ideas were repolished notions from the past, set out attractively for an audience attracted as much by their glitter as their substance.’
    • ‘I don't really like all the diamonds and glitter of showbusiness.’
    • ‘Most magic shows these days are elaborately planned and executed events that feature well-choreographed dances that add glitter and glamour to the programme.’
    • ‘The physical world has abundant glitter, but emptiness lies beneath its superficial shine.’
    • ‘With their gloss and glitter and the glamour surrounding them, they provide nothing but a pretty spectacle for the viewer.’
    • ‘But within all of that smoke, glitter and corporate razzle dazzle, I feel like I'm loosing my edge and creativity.’
    • ‘Today's more tech-experienced teachers are also more able to see beyond a presentation's extra glitter to the quality of learning within.’
    • ‘I think the whole concept of highlighting the servicing character of a hospital stems from an over-preoccupation with superficial glitter.’
    • ‘It brought harsh reality to the doorsteps of those listening to him, indeed it was a far cry from the ephemeral glitter and dazzle of the tinsel world in which they had been engrossed till then.’
    • ‘‘Glitz, glitter and glam add an element of fun to ageing and should be something to anticipate with excitement not something to dread,’ said Annie.’
    • ‘The glitter and the silver are more than superficial accoutrements; if there's substance to be found here, it's in the veneer.’
    • ‘With less than four weeks remaining until December 25, the pressure is on to put the glitz, glitter, and shine into our homes.’
    • ‘There's glitter and glamour and spectacle in monarchy.’
    glamour, excitement, thrills, attractions, appeal
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Phrases

  • all that glitters is not gold

    • proverb The attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature.

      • ‘He is still young and the opportunities might look lucrative, but he should be reminded that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘But in show business, all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘Celluloid dreams, heroes and heroines, get real with compassionate message, as who else know best that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘Yet, in many cases, all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘But all that glitters is not gold and even as the models flash the latest trends, scratch the surface and ‘the glamour, gloss and glaze’ is replaced by hard-core business and hard work.’
      • ‘Some of the actions of the party administration are beginning to show that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘It may be fake because all that glitters is not gold.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old Norse glitra.

Pronunciation:

glitter

/ˈɡlidər/