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

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

  • Driven off and consigned to a lasting torment; while if one steal by stealth then a glistering flame pursueth him.

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

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • The broad pavement in front shone pale also; it gleamed as if some spell had transformed the dark granite to glistering Parian.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • The dawn of a new day broke white and glistering upon the ancient pueblo.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • The sun beat furiously down on the barren and glistering ground; and the horse exhausted, more than once refused to proceed.

  • Her hair did shine like glistering gold, and her eyes were like blue violets that peep out shyly at the sun.

    Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
  • The constituents of granite are quartz, felspar, and mica; the latter sometimes white, at others usually black and glistering.

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.

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