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adjective \ˈbrīt\

: producing a lot of light : filled with light

: having a very light and strong color

: able to learn things quickly

Full Definition of BRIGHT

a :  radiating or reflecting light :  shining, sparkling <bright lights> <bright eyes>
b :  sunny <a bright day>; also :  radiant with happiness <bright smiling faces> <bright moments>
:  illustrious, glorious <brightest star of the opera>
:  beautiful
:  of high saturation or lightness <bright colors>
a :  lively, cheerful <be bright and jovial among your guests — Shakespeare>
b :  intelligent, clever <a bright idea> <bright children>
:  auspicious, promising <bright prospects for the future>
bright adverb
bright·ly adverb

Examples of BRIGHT

  1. The lighting was too bright.
  2. a bright room with lots of windows
  3. It was a bright, sunny day.
  4. The room was decorated in bright colors.

Origin of BRIGHT

Middle English, from Old English beorht; akin to Old High German beraht bright, Sanskrit bhrājate it shines
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of BRIGHT

bright, brilliant, radiant, luminous, lustrous mean shining or glowing with light. bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light. brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness. radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light. luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness. lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.



Definition of BRIGHT

:  a bright color —usually used in plural <rich earth tones and crisp brights — Patricia Peterson>

First Known Use of BRIGHT


Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion


biographical name \ˈbrīt\

Definition of BRIGHT

John 1811–1889 Eng. orator & statesman
BRIGHTER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈbrīt\

Definition of BRIGHT for Kids

:  giving off or filled with much light <a bright fire> <a bright room>
:  very clear or vivid in color <a bright red>
:  intelligent 1, clever <a bright child>
:  cheerful 1 <a bright smile>
:  likely to be good <a bright future>
bright·ly adverb
bright·ness noun

Synonym Discussion of BRIGHT

bright, radiant, and brilliant mean shining or glowing with light. bright can be used of something that produces or reflects a great amount of light. <Bright stars shone overhead.> <A bright full moon filled the sky.> radiant is more often used of something that sends forth its own light. <The sun is a radiant body.> brilliant is used of something that shines with a sparkling or flashing light. <The case was filled with brilliant diamonds.>


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