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verb (used without object) Archaic.
  1. to glisten; glitter.
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  1. glitter; sparkle.
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Origin of glister

1350–1400; Middle English; akin to glisten
Related formsglis·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for glistering


verb, noun
  1. an archaic word for glitter
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Derived Formsglisteringly, 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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