- Sparkle is a glittery, glowing or brilliant particle, or a state of brilliance.
An example of a sparkle is a piece of glitter or a sequin.
- Sparkle is defined as to shimmer, glitter, glisten, or to be brilliant.
- An example of sparkle is to decorate a design with glitter.
- An example of sparkle is to cover a dress in sequins.
intransitive verb-·kled, -·kling
- to throw off sparks
- to gleam or shine in flashes; glitter or glisten, as jewels, sunlit water, etc.
- to be brilliant and lively: sparkling wit
- to effervesce or bubble: said of soda water and some wines
Origin of sparkleMiddle English sparklen, frequentative of sparken, to spark
- a spark or glowing particle
- a sparkling, or glittering
- brilliance; liveliness; vivacity
intransitive verbspar·kled, spar·kling, spar·kles
- To give off sparks.
- a. To give off or reflect flashes of light; glitter: “The night seemed very large and still, and the stars sparkled like frost in the black sky” ( Laura Ingalls Wilder ) “The diamonds sparkled in a sunset ray that came through the slats of the shutters” ( Edith Wharton ) See Synonyms at flash.b. To be reflected in small flashes of light: “The light of the rising moon sparkled on the sea” ( Arthur C. Clarke )
- To be brilliant in performance.
- To make or contain witty or intelligently lively remarks: Their conversation sparkled all evening.
- To release gas bubbles; effervesce: Champagne sparkles.
- A small spark or gleaming particle.
- A glittering quality.
- Brilliant animation; vivacity.
- Emission of gas bubbles; effervescence.
Origin of sparkleMiddle English sparklen frequentative of sparken to spark ; see spark 1.
(third-person singular simple present sparkles, present participle sparkling, simple past and past participle sparkled)
- (intransitive) To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle; as, the blazing wood sparkles; the stars sparkle.
- (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
- (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
- To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
Middle English, from sparken + -le