- The definition of glisten is to reflect light, sparkle, shine or glitter.
When a diamond reflects and sparkles in the sunlight, this is an example of a time when the diamond glistens.
A shrub glistening with ice.
glisten definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English glistnen (with unhistoric -t-) ; from Old English glisnian ; from base of glisian, to shine ; from Indo-European an unverified form ghleis- ; from base an unverified form ĝhel- from source gleam, glass
glisten definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb glis·tened, glis·ten·ing, glis·tens
Origin: Middle English glisnen, from Old English glisnian; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.