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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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But whether Shepherd repeats as champion or not, the big picture for her continues to look bright. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 Justin, on the other hand, went for a decidedly more covered look in head-to-toe blue, with a pair of track-striped jogger pants in navy and bright blue Thrasher hoodie. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin on Date With Fiancé Justin Bieber in Bra Top," 13 July 2018 That part makes surfaces look lighter and brighter in sunlight. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 John Legend is just one letter away from achieving EGOT -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- status, and the future is looking bright. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "John Legend's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Emmy Nomination Brings Him One Step Closer to EGOTing," 12 July 2018 The frames itself are modern, square and really bright colors. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Christian Siriano Owns 'Maybe 20 Pairs' of Glasses, But Always Wears the Same Ones Every Day," 11 July 2018 Lemon Grove’s Big Lemon, the downtown icon next to the railroad tracks, is shining even brighter these days after a new coat of yellow paint. Karen Pearlman,, "The Big Lemon turns 90," 10 July 2018 The six-piece collection features three T-shirts and three sweatshirts offered in black, hot pink, and bright yellow, like the one Bey wore to open her Coachella set. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and Balmain Collaborate On Charitable Merch Collection," 10 July 2018 Stegosaurus Stegosaurus, 50-feet tall and bright red, is impossible to hide. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Inside the facility, children lie on mats beneath bright lights that never go out, wrapped in Mylar blankets, caged behind chain-link fences. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018 Like this print from Altuzarra, use blue as a base and pepper in accents of the other brights. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 In her portrait, Mona Dunn gazes out with a calm, serious expression, her hands folded in her lap and her golden hair glinting bright against the darkness that surrounds her. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Meeting the People in the Paintings," 5 July 2018 Ever mixed your brights and whites and ended up with pink socks? Elana Lyn Gross,, "15 things you should never put in the washing machine," 5 July 2018 In the far left corner of the compact gallery known as the Pit II, Shapero has painted a bright dot. David Pagel,, "Enter the rainbow: Inside artist Mindy Shapero's mind-bending room," 16 May 2018 One of the postulants is Barbara Prate, a bright, occasionally caustic 45-year-old nurse from New Jersey. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 Case in point: her bold brights for the season, her monochromatic look and a headpiece that puts any fascinator in history to shame. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney's Golden Stella McCartney Look at the Royal Wedding Stole the Show," 19 May 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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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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