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Definition of bright

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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



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


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

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 And now, after all the trial and tribulations, DC's future is looking pretty bright. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "DC has a lot riding on 'Birds of Prey' and Harley Quinn," 7 Feb. 2020 After an impressive rookie campaign, Nick Chubb proved to be one of the few bright spots in a disappointing season for the Browns. John Owning, Dallas News, "The NFL’s top 10 RBs entering 2020: Is the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott the league’s best running back?," 7 Feb. 2020 There's still a long way to go, but the 2020s look bright for rap artists with major potential to redefine the genre. Marquin Stanley, Billboard, "Saucy Santana Wants to Lead By Example for Other Aspiring LGBTQ Rappers," 4 Feb. 2020 The imaging and sensor business, which makes semiconductors for smartphones and other devices, continued to be a bright spot for Sony, registering sales up 29 percent to $2.7 billion and profits up sharply to $690 million. Gavin J. Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Film Unit Posts $51M Quarterly Profit, Down 50 Percent," 4 Feb. 2020 Overwhelmingly, these people identified a square shape in the crater's bright spots. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "AI Will Probably Trick Us Into Thinking We Found Aliens," 2 Feb. 2020 The future looks bright for Nobles, with freshmen Mark Garraud (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Reid Ducharme (11 points) flashing their potential against a NEPSAC opponent. Michael Mcmahon,, "Masconomet boys’ hockey ices Triton to repeat as Cape Ann League champion," 1 Feb. 2020 Note: At one point, the lip balm might look extremely bright, but the color won’t actually transfer to your lips on application. Popular Science, "Winter-proof your lips with this DIY lip balm," 17 Jan. 2020 From poolside lounging, exploring the desert and day trips to Abu Dhabi, Ty’s future with her bae was looking pretty bright. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Look Towards The Future In Dubai," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fighting pair can be seen as a bright green dot in the middle of the complex gas structure. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Violent battle between two stars in space captured in stunning photo," 6 Feb. 2020 Kelenna Azubuike is a bright, engaging analyst and a solid choice to join Bob Fitzgerald on the Warriors’ telecasts. Bruce Jenkins,, "A’s take note: Angels made the right hire in Joe Maddon," 18 Oct. 2019 There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a winter drink and a Hallmark movie, surrounded by your family and a bright, twinkling Christmas tree. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "What Is Three Kings Day and When Do You Celebrate It?," 10 Dec. 2019 Hues fade in and out of focus (brights and beiges alike took on starring roles in the Spring 2020 collections) and denim cuts can shift, seemingly spur of the moment, from stovepipe skinnies to wide-leg trousers. Vogue, "Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal," 12 Nov. 2019 African designers have a grand stereotype of going all the way by playing with brights colors, textures, and intricate fabrics. Nandi Howard, Essence, "18 Brands To Watch For Lagos Fashion Week," 23 Oct. 2019 The one historical bright spot: A 27-17 win at Tennessee in 1977 — when Wilcox was 10 months old. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Cal vs. Ole Miss: Reasons to think Golden Bears will, won’t stay unbeaten," 19 Sep. 2019 This was a continuation of our Resort 2020 collection, and that collection has tons of neons and brights. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Greta Constantine Is Having A Long-Running Career In The Fashion Industry," 16 Sep. 2019 One knockout look was a bright, fuchsia satin halter sheath that poured down to the floor, with a stream of fabric down the back. Washington Post, "Naeem Khan launches his fashion collection at home," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Bright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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