glitter

glitter
glit|ter1 [ˈglıtə US -ər] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old Norse; Origin: glitra]
1.) to shine brightly with flashing points of light
= ↑sparkle
The river glittered in the sunlight.
[i]see usage notegleam1
2.) if someone's eyes glitter, they shine very brightly and show a particular strong emotion
glitter with
His blue eyes glittered with anger.
glitter 2
glitter2 n [U]
1.) brightness consisting of many flashing points of light
the glitter of his gold cigarette case
2.) literary a bright shining expression in someone's eyes that shows a particular emotion
= ↑gleam
There was no mistaking the mocking glitter in his eyes.
3.) the exciting attractive quality of a place or a way of life which is connected with rich or famous people
The glamour and glitter of London was not for him.
4.) very small pieces of shiny paper that are used for decoration
>glittery adj
glittery earrings

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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