brilliant

adjective
bril·​liant | \ ˈbril-yənt How to pronounce brilliant (audio) \

Definition of brilliant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very bright : glittering a brilliant light
2a : striking, distinctive a brilliant example
b : distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness brilliant scientists
3 British : very good : excellent

brilliant

noun

Definition of brilliant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a gem (such as a diamond) cut in a particular form with numerous facets so as to have special brightness or brilliance

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Noun

brilliant, top and side view: 1 table, 2 bezel, 3 girdle, 4 pavilion, 5 culet

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Adjective

bright, brilliant, radiant, luminous, lustrous mean shining or glowing with light. bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light. brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness. radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light. luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness. lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.

Examples of brilliant in a Sentence

Adjective a brilliant star in the sky a store decorated in brilliant colors He pitched a brilliant game. She gave a brilliant performance. She has a brilliant mind. Noun the diamond cutter set out an array of brilliants to show the various ways the diamond could be cut
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So heartbroken by the loss of Marc Pilcher, the brilliant and visionary Hair and Makeup designer for Bridgerton Season One. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 4 Oct. 2021 These are brilliant radio stars — beacons that pulse regularly — which were initially misinterpreted as signatures of intelligent alien life! Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Currently president emeritus of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Wildenthal said his brother was a brilliant physicist with an appetite for learning. Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 Jackson leapt and made a brilliant one-handed grab. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Oct. 2021 Helen Hoang has done a brilliant job in portraying the various aspects of autism spectrum in a sensitive manner. Marie Claire, 2 Oct. 2021 The fall colors occur when the chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down and ceases to mask the carotenes and xanthophyll pigments, which produce the brilliant colors. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 Speaking of which… Brad's brilliant idea this week was to essentially record a terrible cover version of Tony Vlachos' Greatest Hits and spy on JD and Ricard at the water well. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2021 What if this work isn’t just visually brilliant, but also a document of the closet, and its corrosive effect over time? Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of brilliant

Adjective

circa 1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brilliant

Adjective

French brillant, present participle of briller to shine, from Italian brillare

Noun

borrowed from French brillant, noun derivative of brillant brilliant entry 1

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The first known use of brilliant was circa 1681

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7 Oct 2021

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“Brilliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brilliant. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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brilliant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brilliant

: very bright : flashing with light
: very impressive or successful
: extremely intelligent : much more intelligent than most people

brilliant

adjective
bril·​liant | \ ˈbril-yənt How to pronounce brilliant (audio) \

Kids Definition of brilliant

1 : flashing with light : very bright brilliant jewels
2 : very impressive a brilliant career
3 : very smart or clever a brilliant student

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