bright

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adjective

1
a
: 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
4
: of high saturation or lightness
bright colors
5
a
: lively, cheerful
be bright and jovial among your guestsWilliam Shakespeare
b
: intelligent, clever
a bright idea
bright children
6
: auspicious, promising
bright prospects for the future
bright adverb
brightly adverb

bright

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noun

plural brights
1
: a color of high saturation : a bright (see bright entry 1 sense 4) color
usually used in plural
rich earth tones and crisp brightsPatricia Peterson
2
brights plural : clothing that is brightly colored
Follow these steps and you can wash your dark clothes with the same laundry detergent you use for your whites and brights.Mary Hunt
3
brights plural : high beams
It didn't help that the car behind her, which had its brights on, seemed intent on tailgating her all the way to Fells Point.Laura Lippman
Choose the Right Synonym for bright

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
There, above the crest on the left breast of the team’s warm-ups, is the bright white star LAFC earned by winning the MLS Cup 11 months after Atuesta left for Brazil. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Behind these displays sit lenses that have a lot of bloom when bright objects show up on the screen; this feels like a problem that other last-generation headsets have already fixed with newer pancake lenses. Anshel Sag, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Almost all the models had bright, bold red lipstick. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Get The Recipe 38 of 39 Asparagus Ribbon Crostini This quick and easy appetizer celebrates spring with fresh and bright seasonal ingredients asparagus, lemon, and mint. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 And as for its bright pink color – that comes from the cell culture medium that the rice is kept in, not from the meat cells, and it can be colored differently if another medium is used. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Throughout, the band specializes in bright, energetic songs with lyrics pondering the less sunny facets of love, loss, and longing. Tess Growney, SPIN, 15 Feb. 2024 The bright news: at least there are two wide studio releases this week and weekend after a notable slowdown throughout much of January and into the first part of February due to the lingering delays caused by last year’s writers and actors strikes. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Each room feels bright and airy, thanks to the neutral color palette of the walls and floors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024
Noun
Sunshine yellow and neon brights are out, a warm palette of reds, plum and berry tones–colors typically associated with the autumn months–is in. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 5 Sep. 2023 They're made from a cotton-blend fabric with a fleece interior and come in many colors, with options ranging from classic black and heather gray to brights and pastels in shades of pink, blue, and green. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2023 The shape is the same — long, pointy stilettos — but Fox typically chooses dark colors or metallics, not a summery bright white like this one. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 25 July 2023 It’s made from smooth leather and comes in 10 colors including classics like black and ivory, plus neon brights, metallics, and snakeskin. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 The blanket comes in 27 colors, including brights and neutrals, and is tasseled on both sides. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 July 2023 If pink isn't their shade, there's 17 total color options: everything from neutrals like gray, white and black to brights like purple, blue and green. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 24 July 2023 The Vivere hammock is nice-looking and available in 39 different color options, including sleek neutrals and bold brights. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2023 Their latest collection, Summer Make the Rules, comes in 12 playful shades that reimagine classic pastels and brights by mixing them together for a bright pastel palette to keep your nails looking fresh and fun all season. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 6 May 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bright. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bright

adjective
ˈbrīt
1
: giving off or filled with much light
2
: very clear or vivid in color
3
: intelligent sense 1b, clever
a bright child
a bright idea
4
: cheerful sense 1
a bright smile
5
: full of promise
a bright future
bright adverb
brightly adverb
brightness noun

Biographical Definition

Bright

biographical name

John 1811–1889 English orator and statesman

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