Definition of glint in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɡlɪnt


[no object]
1Give out or reflect small flashes of light: her glasses glinted in the firelight
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  • Lifting up his glass of water, and noting the way the pure crystal glass glinted in the harsh light, he took a small sip from it.
  • He would whisper his questions and his glasses would glint in the torch light.
  • The coiled copper bracelet on her forearm glinted in the fire light.
1.1(Of a person’s eyes) shine with a particular emotion: his eyes glinted angrily
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  • His eyes glinted with unreadable emotion, his cheeks stained with dried tears.
  • When she opened her eyes, Rick loomed over her, his eyes glinting angrily.
  • The tallest of the three had his jaws set hard, his green eyes glinting angrily.


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1A small flash of light, especially a reflected one: the glint of gold in his teeth
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  • The summer sun caught her light brown hair and turned it into a place of shadows, tinted with glints of gold.
  • Soft glints of moonlight reflected off broken glass pieces and onto their black coats, and I watched them for a minute, their muscles rippling under their skin.
  • In a moment, the ship set sail on its return voyage, fading into the glints of sunlight reflecting of the salty bay with a mission to return next summer.
1.1 [in singular] An expression of an emotion in a person’s eyes: she saw the glint of excitement in his eyes
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  • I turned to her and saw a bright mischievous glint in her eye.
  • She sighed for a while, and I saw a mischievous glint in her eyes.
  • He looked back at me and I saw a mischievous glint in his blue eyes.


Middle English (in the sense 'move quickly or obliquely'): variant of dialect glent, probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect glänta, glinta 'to slip, slide, gleam'.

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