a person or thing that sparkles.
a firework that emits little sparks.
a sparkling gem, especially a diamond.
Informal. a bright eye.

Origin of sparkler

First recorded in 1705–15; sparkle + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sparkler

Contemporary Examples of sparkler

  • Try drinking it via a porrón, a glass pitcher traditionally used with the Spanish sparkler cava.

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    Holiday Wine Secrets

    Mark Oldman

    December 21, 2010

  • This sparkler pairs nicely with a tangy, salty, creamy cheese such as La Tur cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy.

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    Katie Workman

    August 4, 2009

Historical Examples of sparkler

British Dictionary definitions for sparkler



a type of firework that throws out showers of sparks
informal a sparkling gem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sparkler

in the hand-held fireworks sense, 1879, agent noun from sparkle (v.).

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