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Definition of bright

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1a : radiating or reflecting light : shining, sparkling bright lights bright eyes
b : sunny a bright day also : radiant with happiness bright smiling faces bright moments
2 : illustrious, glorious brightest star of the opera
4 : of high saturation or lightness bright colors
5a : lively, cheerful be bright and jovial among your guests— William Shakespeare
b : intelligent, clever a bright idea bright children
6 : auspicious, promising bright prospects for the future



Definition of bright (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color of high saturation : a bright (see bright entry 1 sense 4) color usually used in pluralrich earth tones and crisp brights— Patricia Peterson


biographical name
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Definition of Bright (Entry 3 of 3)

John 1811–1889 English orator and statesman

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Other Words from bright


bright adverb
brightly adverb

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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.


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.

Examples of bright in a Sentence

Adjective The lighting was too bright. a bright room with lots of windows It was a bright, sunny day. The room was decorated in bright colors.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Good news: Jade Flames also has a bright-red food truck that can share this fresh goodness all over town. Michelle Matthews |, al, "The hottest new restaurants that opened in Mobile in 2019," 9 Jan. 2020 The one bright side of that is the wealth of experience some young players received. Dallas News, "3 reasons why TCU could be better in 2020, including a one-two punch at linebacker," 8 Jan. 2020 On the bright side, Edmond Sumner (2 points) played 16 minutes and was effective getting into the paint, finishing his only shot over Len and creating for Sabonis on the pick-and-roll. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers drop 5th road game in a row in loss to conference-worst Atlanta Hawks," 5 Jan. 2020 On a sunny Tuesday morning, with Alamo Plaza bustling with tourists and Utah football fans in bright red, a family group of seven attempted a motorized visit to the Shrine of Texas Liberty. Bruce Selcraig,, "With crush of downtown visitors, scooter etiquette goes out the window," 1 Jan. 2020 The town was shrouded in darkness from the smoke before turning an unnerving shade of bright red. NBC News, "Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town's waterfront," 31 Dec. 2019 Female Cassin's finches are a fairly standard brown-and-white, but the males are blessed with a rosy pink hue and a striking, bright red, tufty crown. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "The Guam rail was extinct in the wild for nearly 40 years. Now it's back.," 19 Dec. 2019 The Claremont Trio came to the Phillips Collection on Sunday with a program of female composers that, on paper, made a bright contrast between new and old. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Claremont Trio energetically amplifies historical currents," 16 Dec. 2019 And in Tijuana, that’s usually slipped into tacos, with the tortillas dragged through the bright-red soup before wrapping the stewed meat. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The 2019 Food Trends We Hope Carry Over to 2020," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kelenna Azubuike is a bright, engaging analyst and a solid choice to join Bob Fitzgerald on the Warriors’ telecasts. Bruce Jenkins,, "A’s take note: Angels made the right hire in Joe Maddon," 18 Oct. 2019 There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a winter drink and a Hallmark movie, surrounded by your family and a bright, twinkling Christmas tree. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "What Is Three Kings Day and When Do You Celebrate It?," 10 Dec. 2019 Hues fade in and out of focus (brights and beiges alike took on starring roles in the Spring 2020 collections) and denim cuts can shift, seemingly spur of the moment, from stovepipe skinnies to wide-leg trousers. Vogue, "Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal," 12 Nov. 2019 African designers have a grand stereotype of going all the way by playing with brights colors, textures, and intricate fabrics. Nandi Howard, Essence, "18 Brands To Watch For Lagos Fashion Week," 23 Oct. 2019 The one historical bright spot: A 27-17 win at Tennessee in 1977 — when Wilcox was 10 months old. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Cal vs. Ole Miss: Reasons to think Golden Bears will, won’t stay unbeaten," 19 Sep. 2019 This was a continuation of our Resort 2020 collection, and that collection has tons of neons and brights. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Greta Constantine Is Having A Long-Running Career In The Fashion Industry," 16 Sep. 2019 One knockout look was a bright, fuchsia satin halter sheath that poured down to the floor, with a stream of fabric down the back. Washington Post, "Naeem Khan launches his fashion collection at home," 11 Sep. 2019 For those who have a skin tone similar to Bieber's, Blurred Buff (a bronze rose) and Coral Cloud (a pure peach) will look especially pretty on your complexion, while Pink Sky (a bright, poppy pink) will suit both fair and deep skin tones. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Hailey Bieber Applies Pink Eye Shadow Using Just Her Fingers," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bright


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bright


Middle English, from Old English beorht; akin to Old High German beraht bright, Sanskrit bhrājate it shines


noun derivative of bright entry 1

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The first known use of bright was before the 12th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bright.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce Bright (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bright

: producing a lot of light : filled with light
: having a very light and strong color
: able to learn things quickly


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Kids Definition of bright

1 : giving off or filled with much light a bright fire a bright room
2 : very clear or vivid in color a bright red
3 : intelligent sense 1, clever a bright child
4 : cheerful sense 1 a bright smile
5 : likely to be good a bright future

Other Words from bright

brightly adverb
brightness noun

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