Definition of sparkling in US English:



  • 1Shining brightly with flashes of light.

    ‘her sparkling blue eyes’
    • ‘He sat down beside the sparkling gem.’
    • ‘There are many beautiful shots of a night sky with billions of brilliant stars sparkling.’
    • ‘Colourful and sparkling images mesmerize the onlooker.’
    • ‘His sparkling blue eyes and happy smile showed a genial personality.’
    • ‘Young guys and gals in sparkling evening wear added a dash of charm.’
    • ‘Great granite cliffs reared up majestically all around us, the foreboding grey offset by sparkling ribbons of water showering diamante spray.’
    • ‘Guests cheered as a quintet of Nordic beauties emerged on a sparkling white circular stage littered with disco glitter balls.’
    • ‘My spectacles picked up a few drops of water and turned the street lamps into sparkling sodium stars.’
    • ‘Materials and finishes include pewter, silk steel, sparkling chrome and brushed stainless steel.’
    • ‘The splendid design was meant to suggest the sparkling lights and shadows of a night flight over Manhattan.’
    • ‘The frame was on its side, and what was once the glass tabletop lay all around the room in sparkling little flakes and jagged shards.’
    • ‘Keep the bodywork of the car as sparkling as possible and get rid of all the debris that tends to settle on the carpets.’
    • ‘The camp greeted us with the surreal vision of a linen-covered dining table set on the bank, aglow in candlelight and sparkling crystal.’
    • ‘Just above the southeast horizon is the sparkling bright blue giant star Canopus.’
    • ‘It was beautiful sunshine, birds singing, dew on everything and it was sparkling and wonderful, a new day.’
    • ‘Jackson briefly answered a reporter's questions about a chain of sparkling ornaments draped over a gold vest he wore under his black coat.’
    • ‘There are dozens of beaches from which to choose and they are long, sandy and sheltered, with clear, sparkling water.’
    • ‘I was then only seven or eight, and can only remember a kindly man with sparkling eyes who stooped low to talk to me.’
    • ‘He goes to the window and there it is, a sparkling, shuddering locomotive, with writing on the side: POLAR EXPRESS.’
    • ‘Lace ruffles fell from every lamp, and the chandeliers were adorned with sparkling crystals.’
    1. 1.1 Lively and witty.
      ‘sparkling dialogue’
      • ‘However, the shadow is firmly dispelled in a crisp and sparkling second act where all is resolved triumphantly.’
      • ‘I read over my recent entries with a curl to my lip; I'm not at my sparkling best in winter.’
      • ‘Sinead Lyons continued to show her sparkling form by continually attacking from midfield.’
      • ‘You are sparkling with fresh ideas and must experiment boldly.’
      • ‘I talked most animatedly with him, and was impressed by his learning and sparkling intelligence.’
      • ‘She was also a sparkling personality with a joyful sense of fun.’
      • ‘I don't imagine the conversation at the Guardian can be all that sparkling.’
      • ‘The writing is racy and sparkling, the wit very dry and quite a few chapters end on a note of whimsical rhetoric.’
      • ‘In these works of tragic grandeur and flamboyant Romanticism, some sparkling scherzo movements and brilliant finales bring sharp contrasts of mood.’
      • ‘The writing style isn't particularly sparkling.’
      • ‘The incidents spoiled a contest that provided sparkling entertainment.’
      • ‘The weekend edition of the Financial Times is a must-read at the moment, chiefly because of its sparkling interviews.’
      • ‘BBC Wales News online, edited by Amanda Powell, won the title for its " accessibility, variety and sparkling writing ".’
      • ‘Clutch hitters don't necessarily post a sparkling overall average.’
      • ‘The melodies sometimes get chewed up and spat out, or equally are full of sparkling charm and quivering intent.’
      • ‘Followers of Hunter, though, will be more pleased with what is an eclectic and occasionally sparkling effort.’
      • ‘Porter died in 1964, leaving behind more than a quarter-century of sparkling wit and satiny romance in his lyrics and music.’
      • ‘As early as last November city centre traders were predicting a cracker of a Christmas after a sparkling start to the festive season.’
      • ‘The programme ended with the sparkling guru arati dance, which won a round of applause from all those present.’
      • ‘Sadly, Mutu ends a sparkling counter-attack with a limp shot.’
  • 2(of a drink) effervescent.

    ‘sparkling wine’
    Compare with still
    • ‘The best sparkling wines of Luxembourg are also called Crémant.’
    • ‘The sparkling wine is made by Ferrari - not the car manufacturer.’
    • ‘The taste of the fermented tea is very pleasant, being reminiscent of light, sparkling wine or sweet Most (pear juice).’
    • ‘It would also double as an aperitif if you don't like sparkling wines.’
    • ‘Elbling, Germany's oldest grape, mostly goes into sparkling wine.’
    • ‘Thus the term is often used in many champagne and sparkling wine names.’
    • ‘Vineyards that had once produced strong, semi-fortified reds were uprooted in favour of white grapes for sparkling wine.’
    • ‘I once partnered an Australian sparkling ale with chocolate brownies for a laugh and the result was delicious.’
    • ‘Sparkling wine sales represent an opportunity for every on-premise retailer.’
    • ‘That sparkling wine might be made exclusively from white grapes, all from red, or a mixture.’
    • ‘The main method used to make lighter, fresher sparkling wines for immediate consumption or for mass-produced cheap sparkling wines is the Charmat method.’
    • ‘The most famous sparkling wine of all is champagne, the archetypal sparkling wine made in north eastern France, which represents about eight per cent of global sparkling wine production.’
    • ‘Sparkling wines tend to be tasted slightly cooler to retain the carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Satisfy your thirst with flavored, sparkling, carbonated or bottled water.’
    • ‘I decided it would be a good idea to compare inexpensive sparkling wines from around the world to popular local coolers.’
    • ‘Perhaps a Virgin Mary, or some sparkling grape juice would be in order.’
    • ‘It makes a really refreshing summer drink topped up with chilled sparkling water and loads of ice and lemon.’
    • ‘The region is especially well-known for its sparkling wines, called "cava."’
    • ‘Also, stock up on some regular or sparkling apple cider.’
    • ‘Restaurants differ on how many brands to offer, but most serve at least one still and one sparkling water.’
    effervescent, fizzy, carbonated, aerated, gassy, bubbly, bubbling, fizzing, foaming, frothy
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