adjective \ˈbril-yənt\

: very bright : flashing with light

: very impressive or successful

: extremely intelligent : much more intelligent than most people

Full Definition of BRILLIANT

:  very bright :  glittering <a brilliant light>
a :  striking, distinctive <a brilliant example>
b :  distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness
bril·liant·ly adverb

Examples of BRILLIANT

  1. a brilliant star in the sky
  2. a store decorated in brilliant colors
  3. He pitched a brilliant game.
  4. She gave a brilliant performance.
  5. She has a brilliant mind.


French brillant, present participle of briller to shine, from Italian brillare
First Known Use: 1696



Definition of BRILLIANT

:  a gem (as a diamond) cut in a particular form with numerous facets so as to have special brilliance

Examples of BRILLIANT

  1. <the diamond cutter set out an array of brilliants to show the various ways the diamond could be cut>

Illustration of BRILLIANT

First Known Use of BRILLIANT


Related to BRILLIANT

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, chase, facet, lapidary, paste


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