Definition of glittering in English:



  • 1[attributive] Shining with a shimmering or sparkling light.

    ‘glittering chandeliers’
    • ‘Then just as quickly it fell back down to it's soft, glittering light.’
    • ‘The earth began to spin, as a spray of glittering lights, shimmered around me.’
    • ‘At night, it looks out on a fairyland of Manhattan's glittering lights.’
    • ‘At night the township looks like a blanket of glittering diamonds, blue and orange lights flickering.’
    • ‘I tore my eyes away from the glittering chandelier hanging from the ceiling.’
    • ‘He ran his hand through his brown hair, his glittering blue eyes inspecting girls who walked by.’
    • ‘Gold stitching and glittering jewels were placed in intricate designs at carefully determined places.’
    • ‘Her bright smile and glittering blue eyes made me think of sunny days.’
    • ‘His poised, dramatic, modern-sounding music brings to mind fragments of glittering light.’
    • ‘Above the front door was a glittering chandelier.’
    • ‘The morning was gray and overcast, but now the sun has come out of hiding and is scattering its golden light like so many glittering coins through the woods around us.’
    • ‘Soon a small column of figures appears on the horizon, snaking down an embankment in the glittering morning light.’
    • ‘Overhead, a glittering canopy of stars shimmers around the broad sweep of the Milky Way.’
    • ‘Flashing brilliant sparks of glittering light as they hover and dart among flowers, hummingbirds evoke a surreal magic.’
    • ‘For most other artists this would be the glittering jewel at the centre of their career.’
    • ‘My eyes were drawn to the exotic colors of beautiful gowns and glittering jewels the Thai ladies wore.’
    • ‘His maddened eyes, as if by a miracle, was cleared of frost and he was able to see the glittering moon shining on the mysteries of the forest.’
    • ‘One by one they began to rain down on the earth, shining brightly in a glittering dance before they faded at the edge of the world.’
    • ‘Masses of glittering stars that shone from an ebony sky lit our trail.’
    • ‘I nodded and took in the glittering lights of downtown Palm Beach.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
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    1. 1.1Impressively successful or elaborate.
      ‘a glittering military career’
      • ‘For most ballerinas, such a glittering career would be enough of a workload.’
      • ‘He dazzled his army of adoring fans as he breezed into the city to embark on a new chapter in his glittering career… hotel ownership.’
      • ‘Kids who made a difference won acclaim at a glittering ceremony of police " oscars".’
      • ‘Unfortunately, my mother misinterpreted my behaviour and thought I was destined for a glittering musical career.’
      • ‘He won many other honours in his glittering career at club level, and of course donned the county jersey in different footballing grades countless times.’
      • ‘The ship really comes into its own at night when there is a glittering array of entertainment.’
      • ‘The stunning songwriter has sustained a glittering career, but she's had enough and she's knocking it on the head.’
      • ‘It tells of a young actress's attempts to emulate her mother's glittering career on the London stage just before the Second World War.’
      • ‘Once the sun passed below the horizon, a glittering display of man-made light and smoke enveloped the band.’
      • ‘A stunningly accomplished start to what's likely to be a glittering career.’
      • ‘However, that reverse should not take away anything from the glittering career of a colt that helped bring closer ties between horse racing and football.’
      • ‘It's a glittering affair, with over 500 scientists and their guests gathered at a black tie dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House.’
      • ‘The impression given is of a glittering career, effortlessly achieved.’
      • ‘He lived in Arkansas until he graduated from high school and returned in 2001 after a glittering military career.’
      • ‘MEN who dedicate their time to community work were rewarded at a glittering ceremony.’
      • ‘The glittering prize for the more adventurous is fishing beyond the dreams of Hemmingway.’
      • ‘A passport to wealth and a glittering show business career?’
      • ‘With all that he had achieved up to this point, it's evident that this spell was still one of the prouder moments of a glittering career.’
      • ‘I have always taken much pride in being part of that tradition, a tradition which has given birth to a large number of glittering international careers.’
      • ‘To the outside world he was a glittering success.’
      splendid, magnificent, brilliant, dazzling, glittering, glowing, radiant, gorgeous, transcendent, impressive, imposing, spectacular, striking, stunning, glorious, superb, majestic, great, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, fine
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