Fairy dust, stars, Christmas lights, Hanukkah candles, freshly fallen snow, a lake when the sun hits it just right — all of these things sparkle. That means they shine with a bright, glistening, shimmering light.

Sparkle can also refer to joy or merriment. When you're having a really good time, your face will sparkle. As a verb, sparkle means to be lively and excited, or to be so brilliant at something that you shine above the rest. It can also describe something bubbly or foamy — like when you add soap to your bath to make the bathwater sparkle. Sparkle can also describe something that produces sparks — like a magic wand.

Definitions of sparkle

v emit or produce sparks

Type of:
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

v reflect brightly

“Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside”
coruscate, scintillate
Type of:
reflect, shine
be bright by reflecting or casting light

v be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity

“The musical performance sparkled
coruscate, scintillate
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v become bubbly or frothy or foaming

Sparkling water”
effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth
form a lather
foam as if boiling
Type of:
form, produce, or emit bubbles

n the occurrence of a small flash or spark

coruscation, glitter
Type of:
a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

n the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

glisten, glister, glitter, scintillation
Type of:
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

n merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

“he had a sparkle in his eye”
light, spark, twinkle
Type of:
verve, vitality
an energetic style
aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look
the feelings expressed on a person's face

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