Definition of glisten in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɪs(ə)n/


[no object]
(Of something wet or greasy) shine with a sparkling light: his cheeks glistened with tears (as adjective glistening) the glistening pavements
More example sentences
  • His beautiful dark eyes were glistening and a tear escaped running down his tanned cheek.
  • The pale blue cobblestones glistened as the sun's rays sparkled on the light sheen of water.
  • When his carriage had grown tiny at the gate, her eyes were still glistening with unshed tears of anger.


[in singular]
A sparkling light reflected from something wet: there was a glisten of perspiration across her top lip
More example sentences
  • The fierce glisten of the candle caught the kitten's tawny eyes as she looked up.
  • It was an uplifting ceremony which saw a glisten in many an eye!
  • There was some guy, a curator, standing by me going, ‘the delicate brush strokes Vermeer used, look at the glisten on her lips, what do you see in her eyes?’


Old English glisnian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German glisen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with glisten

christen, listen

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Line breaks: glis|ten

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