bril·​liance | \ ˈbril-yən(t)s How to pronounce brilliance (audio) \

Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant

Examples of brilliance in a Sentence

The professor was known for his brilliance. the brilliance of a diamond
Recent Examples on the Web The Chargers have shown flashes of brilliance, beating the Chiefs and Bengals earlier this season, but have been maddeningly inconsistent despite having one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Justin Herbert. C.j. Doon,, 5 Jan. 2022 Every morning Goldson was told the deep dark brilliance of her Black skin was beautiful. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 1 Dec. 2021 So that to me means that brilliance is abundant and not singular. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 The bet here is that the Kortchmar quote explains it then and now: brilliance is abundant in the Golden State. John Tamny, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The victory against Arkansas was a light show of brightly screaming quarterback brilliance that made numb the senses by the end. Joseph Goodman |, al, 20 Nov. 2021 Ayton flashed two-way brilliance during the Suns’ deep playoff run. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Short, pithy and outrageously funny, Peacock’s British import about an all-Muslim girl punk band in London is both far too unacknowledged for its brilliance and the best original series Peacock has released so far. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 For all their brilliance, these early stars might still be too faint to be seen individually with the Webb, Dr. Mather said. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of brilliance

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brilliance was in 1748

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14 Jan 2022

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“Brilliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant


bril·​liance | \ ˈbril-yəns How to pronounce brilliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of brilliance

: great brightness

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