- The definition of glitter is tiny pieces of shiny material used for decoration.
An example of glitter is shimmery eyeshadow.
- Glitter is defined as to sparkle.
An example of glitter is sun shine reflecting off rain drops.
- to shine with a sparkling light; be bright; glisten; sparkle
- to be strikingly brilliant, showy, or attractive
Origin of glitterMiddle English gliteren, probably from Old Norse glitra, akin to German glitzern: for Indo-European base see glisten
- a bright, sparkling light
- striking or showy brilliance or attractiveness
- bits of glittering material used for decoration
- Cdn. a glaze of ice formed by quickly freezing rainalso glitter ice
- A sparkling or glistening light.
- Brilliant or showy, often superficial attractiveness.
- Small pieces of light-reflecting decorative material.
intransitive verbglit·tered, glit·ter·ing, glit·ters
- To sparkle brilliantly; glisten: a gold ring that glittered in the display window; eyes that glittered with tears. See Synonyms at flash.
- To be reflected as a sparkling or glistening light: The sun glittered on the snow.
Origin of glitterMiddle English gliteren to sparkle from Old Norse glitra ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy; as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
- A shiny, decorative adornment, sometimes sprinkled on glue to make simple artwork.
(third-person singular simple present glitters, present participle glittering, simple past and past participle glittered)
- To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam.
- a glittering sword
- the glittering ornaments on a Christmas tree
- To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive.
- the glittering scenes of a court