Definition of gleam noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡliːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡliːm//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1a pale clear light, often reflected from something the gleam of moonlight on the water a gleam of light from a lamp A few gleams of sunshine lit up the gloomy afternoon. I saw the gleam of the knife as it flashed through the air.
  2. 2a small amount of something a faint gleam of hope a serious book with an occasional gleam of humour
  3. 3an expression of a particular feeling or emotion that shows in somebody’s eyes synonym glint a gleam of triumph in her eyes a mischievous gleam in his eye The gleam in his eye made her uncomfortable (= as if he was planning something secret or unpleasant).
  4. Word OriginOld English glǣm ‘brilliant light’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples A sudden gleam came into her eye as she remembered that tomorrow was her day off. He had a speculative gleam in his eyes. a faint gleam of light from the doorway the distant gleam of the sea We could see the gleam of moonlight on the water.
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