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[glis-ter] /ˈglɪs tər/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
to glisten; glitter.
glitter; sparkle.
Origin of glister
1350-1400; Middle English; akin to glisten
Related forms
glisteringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for glistering
Historical Examples
  • The fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • His armour was all bright and glistering, and his sword a devouring flame.

  • So they sat down there above the glistering stream and ate and drank and were merry.

  • No, 'tis a glistering presence and audacity brings women into fool's felicity.

  • Their raiment is even more "white and glistering" than the cultivated Easter Lilies.

  • The glistering branches arched above; the glistening stream of steel flowed beneath.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • The dawn of a new day broke white and glistering upon the ancient pueblo.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Resplendent wings are they, wherein they can shroud themselves from head to foot in a panoply of glistering glory.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • It was a little gay-coloured boat, seemingly covered with glistering scales like those of a fish, all of brilliant rainbow hues.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • The unexpectedness with which the glistering spectacle appeared made his heart leap.

British Dictionary definitions for glistering


verb, noun
an archaic word for glitter
Derived Forms
glisteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Dutch glisteren
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Word Origin and History for glistering



late 14c., probably from or related to Low German glisten, Middle Dutch glisteren, from PIE root *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (see glass). Related: Glistered; glistering. As a noun, from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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