\ ˈbrīt How to pronounce bright (audio) \

Definition of bright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : radiating or reflecting light : shining, sparkling bright lights bright eyes
b : sunny a bright day also : radiant with happiness bright smiling faces bright moments
2 : illustrious, glorious brightest star of the opera
3 : beautiful
4 : of high saturation or lightness bright colors
5a : lively, cheerful be bright and jovial among your guests— William Shakespeare
b : intelligent, clever a bright idea bright children
6 : auspicious, promising bright prospects for the future


plural brights

Definition of bright (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a color of high saturation : a bright (see bright entry 1 sense 4) color usually used in plural rich earth tones and crisp brights— Patricia Peterson
2 brights plural : clothing that is brightly colored Follow these steps and you can wash your dark clothes with the same laundry detergent you use for your whites and brights.— Mary Hunt
3 brights plural : high beams It didn't help that the car behind her, which had its brights on, seemed intent on tailgating her all the way to Fells Point.— Laura Lippman

Other Words from bright


bright adverb
brightly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for bright


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 bright in a Sentence

Adjective The lighting was too bright. a bright room with lots of windows It was a bright, sunny day. The room was decorated in bright colors.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Suddenly, every sound, smell, or flicker of bright light is painful. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2022 The result: butter-creaminess, bright flavors and a clean finish. Robin Soslow, Chron, 12 Sep. 2022 Strip an inch from bottom of stems and hang upside down in clusters away from bright light, which may fade color. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2022 The bright flavors on display here are a delicious nod to the irresistible fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun cooking found throughout southern Louisiana. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 8 Sep. 2022 For Marla White, 58, bright light can trigger significant migraine pain. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 7 Sep. 2022 Thomas plays with the fact that retroreflective surfaces appear most clearly in bright light. Stephen Wallis, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Once they're cooked, the vegetarian summer recipe is hit with bright flavors of the season in the sauce featuring fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, and shallot. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 Chaat is a general term used for Indian small bites and snacks, usually doused with multiple sauces and textures yielding a burst of sweet, tangy, cool, and spicy heat along with crunchy bits and bright fresh flavors. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Mark Wahlberg bring the bright at the Me Time premiere in Los Angeles on Aug. 23. People Staff, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2022 Purple shampoo is color theory at its simplest: The temporary hue makes all types of light and blonde hair look fresh-from-the-salon bright. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Aug. 2022 Now, the large windows in Shockley’s new bright and airy classroom look out at an expanse of dirt — where their old school used to be. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2022 With a stone this bright and a rose gold band, who needs diamonds? Frances Solá-santiago,, 10 Aug. 2022 Following it after having left the Mingei International Museum’s future bright. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Additionally, the small spaces in complex brush piles can be shelter for many young fish and baitfish to keep the fishery's future bright. Arkansas Online, 21 June 2021 This fall, Garden & Gun shined a bright on Smoke-A-Holics in a feature on Derrick, his technique and his passion. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2020 Executive chef Brian Archibald leads the culinary team of the 5,000-square-foot bright, airy restaurant by Fig & Olive restaurateur Laurent Halasz. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bright


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for bright


Middle English, from Old English beorht; akin to Old High German beraht bright, Sanskrit bhrājate it shines


noun derivative of bright entry 1

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\ ˈbrīt How to pronounce bright (audio) \

Kids Definition of bright

1 : giving off or filled with much light a bright fire a bright room
2 : very clear or vivid in color a bright red
3 : intelligent sense 1, clever a bright child
4 : cheerful sense 1 a bright smile
5 : likely to be good a bright future

Other Words from bright

brightly adverb
brightness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for bright

bright, radiant, and brilliant mean shining or glowing with light. bright can be used of something that produces or reflects a great amount of light. Bright stars shone overhead. A bright full moon filled the sky. radiant is more often used of something that sends forth its own light. The sun is a radiant body. brilliant is used of something that shines with a sparkling or flashing light. The case was filled with brilliant diamonds.

Bright biographical name

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Definition of Bright

John 1811–1889 English orator and statesman

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