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
  1. verb
    emit or produce sparks
    synonyms: spark
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    type of:
    emit, give off, give out
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
  2. verb
    reflect brightly
    “Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside”
    synonyms: coruscate, scintillate
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    type of:
    reflect, shine
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
  3. verb
    be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
    “The musical performance sparkled
    synonyms: coruscate, scintillate
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. verb
    become bubbly or frothy or foaming
    Sparkling water”
    synonyms: effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth
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    form a lather
    foam as if boiling
    type of:
    form, produce, or emit bubbles
  5. noun
    the occurrence of a small flash or spark
    synonyms: coruscation, glitter
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    type of:
    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  6. noun
    the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
    synonyms: glisten, glister, glitter, scintillation
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    type of:
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  7. noun
    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
    “he had a sparkle in his eye”
    synonyms: light, spark, twinkle
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    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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