bright

adjective
\ ˈbrīt How to pronounce bright (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Bright (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for bright

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.

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 At that very moment, one of his three children answered the door to bright lights and a thrust microphone. New York Times, "The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.," 10 Feb. 2021 For one, artistic talent can spring from almost any soil, often very far from the bright lights and big city. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "What art is like now: The DMA’s recent acquisitions range from goofy to transcendent," 10 Feb. 2021 More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police took part in the search-and-rescue operation, including soldiers expert in mountaineering, working into the night under bright halogen lights, authorities said. Time, "140 Are Missing After a Glacier Breaks in India's Himalayas," 8 Feb. 2021 One video from the scene showed protesters shining bright lights at the police while verbally accosting them. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters march through DC surrounding diners, skirmishing with police, and chanting 'burn it down'," 7 Feb. 2021 The first Super Bowl to be played in the midst of a pandemic wiped out the traditional bright lights and glamour of an Opening Night. Chronicle News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Opening Night begins Super Bowl week without fanfare," 1 Feb. 2021 The San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the holidays with bright lights and activities for the season from 4 to 8 p.m. through Jan. 3 at the park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fishing club collects toys, foods for Camp Pendleton families," 29 Dec. 2020 The date, the bright lights, the wreaths, the mistletoe, Santa Claus — all derive from pagan traditions. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How America shaped Christmas, and how Christmas shapes us," 23 Dec. 2020 These are our superstars, bright lights illuminating the way for others to follow. Marcellas Reynolds, Essence, "Twenty Iconic Black Actors You Should Know," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This fall, Garden & Gun shined a bright on Smoke-A-Holics in a feature on Derrick, his technique and his passion. Dallas News, "Doughnuts, catfish and barbecue: 3 beloved Black-owned restaurants in Fort Worth," 30 Nov. 2020 Executive chef Brian Archibald leads the culinary team of the 5,000-square-foot bright, airy restaurant by Fig & Olive restaurateur Laurent Halasz. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale has a swanky new destination for French comfort fare. Here's what to order," 24 Sep. 2020 The crowd remained enthusiastic on the bright and cloudless 90-degree evening, cheering, clapping and singing throughout the service. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're trying to fix it': People in Kenosha turn to faith, art to start healing from violent, destructive week," 28 Aug. 2020 More than just a tiny blip on your Instagram feed, the bright, feel-good manicure now has a major celebrity endorsement. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner Just Flashed Her “Quarantine Nails” On Instagram," 30 Apr. 2020 Wear your neon brights and whites and dance out in color. Stefania Lugliand Meghan Sorensen, BostonGlobe.com, "Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating a 100-year-old theater," 8 Jan. 2020 Customers had come in droves to sit beneath the bright suspended lights and dine on fried whiting or catfish strips, shrimp baskets or chicken wings. Derek M. Norman, New York Times, "Fried Fish. Rave Reviews. Then Someone Messed With the Gas Lines.," 8 Jan. 2020 Unconventional brides may go for something surprising and fresh, like NARS' Pastorale (a rose-gold update on your favorite light pink shade) or Chanel’s Espadrilles (a fiery retro orange-red reminiscent of your favorite Palm Beach brights). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Nail Polish Colors for Brides on Their Wedding Day," 21 May 2019 Oregon coast wild coho are slightly improved, as are Sacramento River fall chinook and Columbia River upriver brights. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Complex set of sport salmon fishing seasons proposed," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for bright

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

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bright. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for bright

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 How to pronounce bright (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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