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

Examples of brightwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything from bulkhead materials to dividers to trim materials to brightwork must be specified, which can lead to a domino effect of aesthetic choices. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 2 July 2023 For an outfit with very little use for chrome, Honda has a way with brightwork; note the crystal-like cuts of the mirrors within the halogen headlights. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 15 June 2023 View Photos The extra-large wheels (21-inch at launch with 22s to follow) with their solid-disc appearance are another Maybach brand cue, as is the thick band of brightwork outlining the side windows. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 18 Apr. 2023 The brightwork was also carefully re-chromed. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 There’s very little exterior brightwork. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 The car was lower too, and eye-catching side vents in the front fender embellish the profile with elegant brightwork. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2023 Metallic brightwork is intermingled with open-pore wood on the door panels and center console. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 8 Feb. 2023 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

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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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“Brightwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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