Coruscate is a verb that means to sparkle or give off reflected flashes of light. Think of the way the little mirrors on a disco ball coruscate as the ball twirls, making the dance floor sparkle.

Although coruscate means to glitter with light, you can also use the word, in a less literal way, to refer to someone with such great style or ability that they seem to sparkle. Your best friend's performance in the school play might coruscate with such brilliance that the audience gives her a standing ovation during her curtain call.

Definitions of coruscate
  1. verb
    reflect brightly
    synonyms: scintillate, sparkle
    see moresee less
    type of:
    reflect, shine
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
  2. verb
    be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
    “his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall”
    synonyms: scintillate, sparkle
    see moresee less
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
Word Family
F1 image

Express yourself in 25 languages

  • Learn immersively - no memorization required
  • Build skills for real-world conversations
  • Get immediate feedback on your pronunciation
Get started for $7.99/month