Definition of glitter in English:


Syllabification: glit·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlidər


[no object]
1Shine with a bright, shimmering, reflected light: trees and grass glittered with dew
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  • I feel disturbed at the thought, and in the end, account it to the array of bright lights glittering in the darkness.
  • The palace was constructed of a hard opaque crystal, as well as marble and stone, and it seemed to glitter in the light of the morning sun.
  • She smiled back at the male, her own eyes glittering in the morning sunlight.
1.1Shine as a result of strong feeling: her eyes were glittering with excitement
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  • Sara's eyes glittered dangerously in the firelight and I knew I was in trouble now.
  • She suddenly stopped, her eyes still glittering brightly with an emotion he could unmask all too well.
  • She stood up to meet him, her eyes glittering with barely suppressed anger.


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1Bright, shimmering, reflected light: the blue glitter of the sea
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  • My first cat, Jimmy, loved to lie under the tree and gently bat one particular ornament back and forth between his paws to watch the glitter shimmer on its blue surface.
  • The sun's rays kiss the body of the mountains as the frosts on the grass melts and the dew drops on the flower sparkle like a diamond to the glitter of light.
  • A head was peering out at him from around the end of one of the rows, long shiny hair, a glitter of eyes reflecting the light on the table.
1.1A glint in a person’s eye indicating a particular emotion: the scathing glitter in his eyes
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  • When she did, he saw the nameless glitter in her eyes.
  • Emily pouted, yet I could see the glitter in her eyes.
  • I could see the glitter in his eyes and the smirk that was about to come on any minute.
2Tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration: sneakers trimmed with sequins and glitter
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  • It smells softly of rose and contains tiny pieces of fairy glitter designed to sparkle subtly - guaranteed to make you look like the cat's miaow.
  • Just tiny little sparkles of glitter on it that makes it so pretty.
  • Once upstairs, she found a wooden door marked with an A4 piece of cartridge paper, decorated with glitter and sequins and spelling out her first name in finger-painted letters.
3An attractive and exciting but superficial quality: he avoids the glitter of show business
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  • Today's more tech-experienced teachers are also more able to see beyond a presentation's extra glitter to the quality of learning within.
  • I think the whole concept of highlighting the servicing character of a hospital stems from an over-preoccupation with superficial glitter.
  • The more complex question is why some sports performers have that factor X which adds glitter to quality and makes a mere player into a personality.
glamour, excitement, thrills, attraction, appeal;
informal razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz, glitz, ritziness


late Middle English: from Old Norse glitra.


all that glitters is not gold

proverb The attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature.
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  • But all that glitters is not gold and even as the models flash the latest trends, scratch the surface and ‘the glamour, gloss and glaze’ is replaced by hard-core business and hard work.
  • Some of the actions of the party administration are beginning to show that all that glitters is not gold.
  • But in show business, all that glitters is not gold.



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  • Spectacle is everything in this glittery production, with three glittery changes in medieval court costumes.
  • Each night they had various galas and were often sporting sequins, satin and other glittery attire.
  • You searched all over for the jeans with glittery designs on the pockets.

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