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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



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


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


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

Between hulking beasts, killer robots, and a beautiful, ultra-bright city, this game is Xbox One's top beaut. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 Meghan donned a bright blue belted Veronica Beard dress, which features a collar, button-up detailing, and thigh-high slits, for the visit. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018 Below, check out how a few bloggers who really delivered on pure genius: The future is looking bright for this young girl, whose mom used one large box to create a magical booth. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Making DIY Halloween Costumes Out of Amazon Boxes — and They're Pretty Amazing," 22 Oct. 2018 But brighter colors are becoming more popular, in small doses. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Cued by IceCube, the Antarctic detector, the orbiting Fermi Gammaray Space Telescope found that the neutrino likely came from a far off blazar, a hugely bright source of radiation powered by a supermassive black hole. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 But more than that, the event was designed to broadcast a message to the public that Ford’s technology is advanced and road-ready, its business model is solid and well-thought out, and its future is brighter than recent headlines would suggest. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 The Oprah approved line of cosmetics has continually released must-have makeup products, including the glitter packed Norvina palette and a golden hued highlighter that may actually shine brighter than stars. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "What Anastasia Beverly Hills's Sultry Eyeshadow Palette Looks Like on 20 Different Skin Tones," 1 Nov. 2018 Interestingly enough, Vulture's Hunter Harris astutely points out that, in the film, the home is bright and full of energy, directly contrasting the harrowing struggles the Sheffs face inside. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Stunning House In Beautiful Boy Is Also In Big Little Lies," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Nearly three times higher than Venus in the southwest sky (albeit one-sixth as bright) will be another brilliant planet: Jupiter. Joe Rao,, "The Moon Has a Close Encounter with Saturn on Tuesday Night," 23 July 2018 To get the look, keep the walls of your interior space bright, begin with an inviting white that allows maximum light in the room. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 This beautiful and monumentally imposing city is covered in bright, welcoming décor, and fans have been coming to celebrate. Brian Straus,, "Russia's World Cup Opener Alters Its Narrative, Changes Its Outlook, Pleases Putin," 14 June 2018

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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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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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