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
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 pluralrich 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 Not a ton of pluses, but West does have something bright on the horizon. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "East T-birds whip West in semifinal game of Anchorage football playoffs," 18 Oct. 2020 Farther north, professional contractor Alex Palomar bumped along Jamison Creek Road in a bright orange pickup truck heading to his 50-acre property. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "‘Doomsday scenario’: Santa Cruz mountain towns prepare for winter mudslides after CZU wildfire," 18 Oct. 2020 Once they are rooted, just give them a bright window and don't forget to water. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "From one, come many," 18 Oct. 2020 The bright screens of phones and tablets are a harsher on the eyes than the e-ink of an ereader, but there are ways to fix this. David Nield, Wired, "How to Repurpose Your Old Gadgets," 18 Oct. 2020 The flier uses two freeze-frame images from Metro’s security camera system, showing a woman with long dark hair and a bright green bicycle. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Metro employee stabbed to death at downtown rail station," 18 Oct. 2020 Human-size Trump signs stood in the Harley-Davidson store parking lot beneath a bright, almost cyan blue sky, but there was a note of gloom in the voices of some supporters of Ms. Ernst, a Republican. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, "Ernst Struggles in Iowa as Republicans Battle to Hold Senate Amid Trump’s Woes," 17 Oct. 2020 These washable cotton-blend face masks are center-stitched and spangled with bright Halloween patterns. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "10 Halloween face masks that are absolutely spooktacular," 16 Oct. 2020 Trees throughout the state have transformed into blazingly bright colors ranging from scarlet and magenta to canary yellow and tangerine. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If the fall colors seem particularly intense this year, you're right. And it's not just because the pandemic has made you notice them more.," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The luxury sector is one of the brights spots in retail, expected to grow to $365-410 billion by 2025. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "SARS battered the luxury goods sector in 2003. Why coronavirus could be worse. Far worse," 12 Feb. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bright. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bright

bright

adjective
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

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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