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[sin-tl-uh nt] /ˈsɪn tl ənt/
scintillating; sparkling.
Origin of scintillant
First recorded in 1600-10, scintillant is from the Latin word scintillant- (stem of scintillāns, present participle of scintillāre to send out sparks; flash). See scintilla, -ant
Related forms
scintillantly, adverb
unscintillant, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For an instant she saw nothing but the dance of scintillant pupils.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • It threw you into the scintillant Dawn with an abandon meet to a son of Waring.

  • For a moment her bright eyes were scintillant with wrath and indignation.

    Bohemian Days Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • The November twilight, scintillant with stars, lay darkly ahead.


    Leona Dalrymple
  • For scintillant wit and unflagging good humour, read his essays on the Teeth, the Hair and the Stomach.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • Eyes large, black, piercing, scintillant; his iron-gray hair hung down in thick masses.

  • She drew the tissue-paper away, and the fairy-like flowers, scintillant and bedewed, nodded at her.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • Jeffard's lips began to twitch, and the pupils of his eyes narrowed to two scintillant points.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • He would step forth and by a single gesture, a scintillant phrase, reduce them to their proper place.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • For one hundred and twenty-one scintillant and learned pages Taylor attacks this latest creation of National "tyranny."

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