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

Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant

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Examples of brilliance in a Sentence

The professor was known for his brilliance. the brilliance of a diamond

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Poole displayed flashes of brilliance this past season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Jordan Poole taken by Golden State Warriors in 1st round of NBA draft," 20 June 2019 Ingram, 21, has revealed glimpses of brilliance as a lanky scorer, averaging 18.3 points while shooting 49.7 percent from the field before a blood clot in his right shoulder ended his season in March. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers," 15 June 2019 The menu’s prose, limited to the ingredient list format that Bay Area restaurants love so much, reveals fragments of brilliance within the classic dishes. Soleil Ho,, "The Vault, San Francisco’s new Financial District blockbuster, comes up empty," 13 June 2019 For all of Japan's neat passes and Estefania Banini's flashes of brilliance during Argentina's rare forays into the opposition half, neither side managed a shot on target in the first 45 minutes. Aimee Lewis And George Ramsay, CNN, "Draw secures Argentina its first point in Women's World Cup history," 10 June 2019 There are exceptions, flashes of brilliance that shed light on the bizarre workings of Soviet hierarchies. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 With players such as Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and others, the team has shown flashes of brilliance and has resembled the tenacity and conviction of the team of 20 years ago. Jaide Timm-garcia, CNN, "Women's World Cup: The match that changed women's football," 31 May 2019 No team came into this World Cup with more simmering brilliance in its squad than France. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Wins the World Cup," 15 July 2018 His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. Maria Vultaggio, Newsweek, "What Is Stephen Hawking’s Cause of Death? Physicist Dies at 76," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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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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