AskDefine | Define glittering

Dictionary Definition

glittering adj : having brief brilliant points or flashes of light; "bugle beads all aglitter"; "glinting eyes"; "glinting water"; "his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"; "shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"; "glittery costume jewelry"; "scintillant mica"; "the scintillating stars"; "a dress with sparkly sequins"; "`glistering' is an archaic term" [syn: aglitter(p), coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittery, scintillant, scintillating, sparkling(a), sparkly]

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Extensive Definition

Glitter is the word used to describe an assortment of very small (roughly 1 mm²) pieces of paper, glass or plastic painted in metallic, neon and iridescent colors to reflect light in a sparkling spectrum. Glitter is usually stored in canisters somewhat similar to salt shakers, which have openings that control the flow of glitter. These canisters may contain one or many colors. It is not to be confused with confetti, which contains larger pieces, nor sequins, which are larger yet. Glitter is commonly used in craft projects, especially for small children and sorority women, because of the brilliant effects which can be achieved relatively easily. Glitter is commonly used as an element of Christmas decorations, and can be added to rubbers and plastics. It is also often put into cosmetic products like lip gloss and eyeshadow. Glittery cosmetics are most popular among teenagers, but are also worn by older people, notably in the disco scene.
Glitter was invented by Henry Ruschmann on his Hereford cattle farm in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Accounts conflict as to when glitter was invented--some say 1934 and others shortly after World War II. Today the company he founded Meadowbrook Inventions is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of glitter and has been for over fifty years.
Glitter is, to some, more of an annoyance than a fun novelty, as if some types get on your skin, they do not lift off easily. For this, it is a source of material to some comedians.

Alternative definitions

  • "Glitter" is often used euphemistically to refer to brilliantly gorgeous but superficial glamour. From this meaning comes the term glitterati to refer to pop stars and socialites. The word is a portmanteau of "glitter" and "literati"
  • Glitter graphics are animated gifs that have a glittery effect.


glittering in German: Glitter
glittering in French: Paillette
glittering in Dutch: Glitters
glittering in Swedish: Glitter

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