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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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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 Langewiesche noted that while the co-pilot had nothing but a bright future ahead and no red flags in his past, Zaharie's life raised multiple concerns. Fox News, "Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pilot suspected by 'top levels' of mass murder-suicide, ex-Aussie PM says," 20 Feb. 2020 When Mae's cynical heart softens after a chance run-in with dreamy journalist Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield), our protagonist has to work through her dark family trauma to build a bright new future. Ineye Komonibo,, "Issa Rae Channeled A Completely Different Energy For The Photograph," 18 Feb. 2020 The darker tones are more relaxing for your eyes to take in, especially in low light, and don't draw as much power as brighter colors. David Nield, Wired, "How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices," 16 Feb. 2020 This class helps students focus on job training, higher education, professional recertification, and job search skills to ensure a bright future. Meghan Sorensen,, "Daughter of Holocaust survivors built program that has helped over 10,500 American immigrants," 12 Feb. 2020 More than 35% of us sneeze when suddenly exposed to a bright light, according to Scientific American — a phenomenon that's commonly known as photic sneeze reflex, or ACHOO (Autosomal Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst). Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Sneezing Is Actually So Good for Your Health," 10 Feb. 2020 Allow the leaf or segment to dry for a few days and then lay on moistened perlite in bright, indirect light. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 The 24-year-old intelligent, adventurous spirit, who always wore a smile, had a bright future ahead of her. NBC News, "Family refuses to give up search for Jennifer Kesse who vanished 14 years ago from Orlando, Florida home," 24 Jan. 2020 There have been some rousing wins, great plays and signs of a bright future for each team. New York Times, "The Good, the Bad and the Bizarre for the Knicks and the Nets," 24 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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26 Feb 2020

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“Bright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 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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