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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As much as its external aesthetics, the Air’s internal layout demonstrates the design brilliance that helped Apple dominate the consumer technology market. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: MacBook Air," 24 Aug. 2019 Whereas the 486 and Pentium systems of the world were primed to crank one game’s 2D, 480p brilliance upon first boot: StarCraft. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s favorite video games from our first 10 years, 1998-2008," 20 Aug. 2019 In such times as these, women are able to look at themselves with new concepts of value and brilliance. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Dove Cameron Is Slamming Body-Shamers Who Are Coming for Her Braless Selfie," 14 Aug. 2019 In such times as these, women are able to look at themselves with new concepts of value and brilliance. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Posted a Braless Selfie," 14 Aug. 2019 But the brilliance on display when Bartlet enters the room is thrilling. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Watching 'The West Wing' 20 years later can be depressing and hopeful," 19 July 2019 But Lock also flashed the brilliance which made him a coveted draft prospect, including an on-the-run completion to wide receiver Fred Brown in which Lock rolled right and connected with a nifty sidearm delivery. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Why Drew Lock never intended to miss Broncos training camp practices," 18 July 2019 Experimentation plus familiarity equals brilliance. Britt Julious,, "Resavoir is a uniquely Chicago band with a unique sound," 18 July 2019 But the tones and the brilliance were much more vivid. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, "‘A citizen of the world’: NASA’s first Latino astronaut reflects on how space changed his immigrant identity," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of brilliance

1748, in the meaning defined above

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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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