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brilliant

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adjective bril·liant \ˈbril-yənt\

Definition of brilliant

  1. 1 :  very bright :  glittering a brilliant light

  2. 2a :  striking, distinctive a brilliant exampleb :  distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness brilliant scientists

  3. 3 British :  very good :  excellent

brilliantly

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Examples of brilliant in a Sentence

  1. a brilliant star in the sky

  2. a store decorated in brilliant colors

  3. He pitched a brilliant game.

  4. She gave a brilliant performance.

  5. She has a brilliant mind.

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Origin and Etymology of brilliant

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

Synonym Discussion of brilliant

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.

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brilliant

noun bril·liant

Definition of brilliant

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

Examples of brilliant in a Sentence

  1. the diamond cutter set out an array of brilliants to show the various ways the diamond could be cut

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Origin and Etymology of brilliant

borrowed from French brillant, noun derivative of brillant 1brilliant

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BRILLIANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of brilliant for English Language Learners

  • : very bright : flashing with light

  • : very impressive or successful

  • : extremely intelligent : much more intelligent than most people


BRILLIANT Defined for Kids

brilliant

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adjective bril·liant \ˈbril-yənt\

Definition of brilliant for Students

  1. 1 :  flashing with light :  very bright brilliant jewels

  2. 2 :  very impressive a brilliant career

  3. 3 :  very smart or clever a brilliant student

brilliantly

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