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

brilliantly adverb

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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 The Rangers signing of Lynn looks absolutely brilliant. Dallas News, "#EvanHelpUs: An early Rangers prediction correction, the plight of prospect development and more," 30 July 2020 Once simplified, your projects are brilliant and creative. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 5 June 2020 Moss invites us, now, to take stock of this strange and brilliant woman. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Grant Imahara, engineer and MythBusters host, dies at 49," 14 July 2020 And my team is scrappy and brilliant—they’ve made the transition to working from home easy. Rachel King, Fortune, "Cosmetics industry titan Bobbi Brown eyes the next big wave in beauty," 4 July 2020 Here are some of our favorite funny, dreadful, cringeworthy, infamous, and brilliant automotive ad campaigns over the decades. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Infamous Characters from TV Commercials," 25 June 2020 Moss invites us, now, to take stock of this strange and brilliant woman. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 Moss invites us, now, to take stock of this strange and brilliant woman. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Elisabeth Moss Channels a Strange and Brilliant Shirley Jackson in the Crackling Shirley," 3 June 2020

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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 Aug 2020

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“Brilliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brilliant. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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brilliant

adjective
How to pronounce brilliant (audio)

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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