bright·​work ˈbrīt-ˌwərk How to pronounce brightwork (audio)
: polished or plated metalwork
: varnished woodwork on a boat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Consider the upper-rear quarter, where roof pillar, spoiler, quarter-light window, glazing, molding, brightwork trim and thermometer-red taillamp all come together with harrowing exactitude. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 The visual centerpiece is the door-to-door band of honeycombed metal with brightwork trim, into which the air vents are integrated. Dan Neil, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Shield your eyes from its Diamond Pentagon grille, whose brightwork pattern scintillates around the large Acura emblem, like op-art. Dan Neil, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2022 Just before the show, the yacht had spent five months out of the water having her brightwork professionally re-varnished, her engines and generators serviced and bottom painted. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2021 Users can choose from a pale gray, dark blue or black finish with a little brightwork that encircles the exterior of each earpiece. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2022 Aesthetes from the marque’s design team elected to further enhance the noir ambience of Black Badge Ghost by subduing the brightwork. Josh Max, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Gone is much of the brightwork, replaced with black surrounds and accents on the window moldings, badging, grille slats and exhaust pipes. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 The styling is a muscular and bulked-up take on Hyundai's latest design language, and the big, bold grille full of brightwork is handsome. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brightwork was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Brightwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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