glitter

[glit-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to reflect light with a brilliant, sparkling luster; sparkle with reflected light.
2.
to make a brilliant show.
noun
3.
a sparkling reflected light or luster.
4.
showy splendor.
5.
small glittering ornaments.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse glitra; compare Old English glitenian, German gleissen to shine, glitter

glitteringly, adverb
outglitter, verb (used with object)
unglittering, adjective


1. See flash. 3. sparkle.
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glitter (ˈɡlɪtə)
 
vb
1.  (of a hard, wet, or polished surface) to reflect light in bright flashes
2.  (of light) to be reflected in bright flashes
3.  (usually foll by with) to be decorated or enhanced by the glamour (of): the show glitters with famous actors
 
n
4.  sparkle or brilliance
5.  show and glamour
6.  tiny pieces of shiny decorative material used for ornamentation, as on the skin
7.  (Canadian) Also called: silver thaw ice formed from freezing rain
 
[C14: from Old Norse glitra; related to Old High German glīzan to shine]
 
'glitteringly
 
adv
 
'glittery
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

glitter
c.1300, from O.N. glitra "to glitter," from glit "brightness," from P.Gmc. *glit- "shining, bright" (cf. O.E. glitenian "to glitter," O.H.G. glizzan, Ger. glitzern, Goth. glitmunjan), from PIE *ghleid- (cf. Gk. khlidon, khlidos "ornament"), from base *ghlei- "to shine, glitter" (see
gleam). Glitter rock is from 1972; glitterati (playing on literati) first attested 1956.
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Idioms & Phrases

glitter

see all that glitters is not gold.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Anyone who pans for gold hopes to be rewarded by the glitter of colors in the
  fine material collected in the bottom of the pan.
All the holiday glitter out there is fun, but don't overlook the magic in the
  natural materials around you.
Which usually goes to glitter buildings or administrative salaries.
The sequins on her dress glitter in the candlelight as if her heart were on
  fire.
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