bright

adjective
\ ˈbrīt \

Definition of bright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
3 : beautiful
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

bright

noun

Definition of bright (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Bright

biographical name
\ ˈbrīt \

Definition of Bright (Entry 3 of 3)

John 1811–1889 English orator and statesman

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Other Words from bright

Adjective

bright adverb
brightly adverb

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Adjective

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.

Adjective

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

The game is bright and cartoony, but also incredibly deep, with a huge range of characters to utilize, each with their own particular skills. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 8 best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone," 26 Dec. 2018 The fairy tales collected in The Merry Spinster are as bright and sharp and painful as knives. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Thankfully there have been some (but too few) legislative bipartisan bright-spots on issues such as workforce development (Perkins CTE) + combatting opioid addiction and human trafficking. refinery29.com, "What Ivanka Did This Week: Pavers, Protests & Paid Family Leave," 13 July 2018 The secondary was the bright spot for the Bruins’ underachieving defense. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 Buy a matching set in classic black or a bright, statement-making color. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Secret to Feeling Confident at the Gym this Year? A Matching Workout Set," 4 Jan. 2019 For 40 days every spring, an impersonator would dress up as Xipe Totec in bright colors and jewelry. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Discover Temple to Aztec 'Flayed Lord'," 4 Jan. 2019 Research scientists at Rise developed a composite wood without additives like paint or dye, which gives its bright white color. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 Over time, the painting’s bright colors appeared to fade because the microbes were literally eating them away. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s plenty of deliciousness in the array of bright, layered tarts, cakes and bite-size confections from Watt Sriboonruang, the chef who founded Rawsome Treats about five years ago. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Drop In for Raw Delectables," 9 Apr. 2018 Reduce the heat and add the peas and cook for one or two minutes, or until bright in color. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Salmon with Morels and Pea Risotto Recipe," 4 Mar. 2011 Her right side, in contrast, is totally glammed out with blue metallic eyeshadow and a high-gloss red lip, and the intense brights add an element of color-blocking to her look. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Wore Two Makeup Looks at Once on Her “Vogue Paris” Cover," 18 Sep. 2018 The other two bedrooms are smaller but also feature large windows that make the space bright. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern on 135 acres asks $1.2M," 29 Nov. 2018 Every bright dot represents a planet Kepler has discovered. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA retired Kepler, a telescope that discovered thousands of worlds beyond our solar system," 1 Nov. 2018 Zara’s version is a classic combination of fall brights, with hunter green, periwinkle blue, deep coral red, and bright gold. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Zara's Belt Print Tunic Is Already a Fall Favorite," 24 Aug. 2018 And for those white female voters, education level is a bright, dividing line. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 That’s all good news for Colts fans who cringed at the notion their bright, young star may never return to his pre-injury form following surgery. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Luck to make start, may play most of 1st quarter at Seattle," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bright

Adjective

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

Noun

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bright

Adjective

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

Noun

noun derivative of bright entry 1

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bright

adjective

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

bright

adjective
\ ˈbrīt \

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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