shining, lustrous ...1616 obs. rare
from Latin nitentem,
pres. pple. of nitere to shine
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1616 - see EXAMPLE below
"...vppon a blacke horse, nitent as the iett,
in armor (all as blacke) coms fairelie sett,"
From: Continuation of Chaucer's "Squire's Tale"
By: John Lane, 1616
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933
• An Universal Etymological English Dictionary,
Nathan Bailey, 1737