bright

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adjective

1
a
: 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
4
: of high saturation or lightness
bright colors
5
a
: 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
bright adverb
brightly adverb

bright

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noun

plural brights
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
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.

Example Sentences

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
At two football fields long, the Brightline marketing blur of bright yellow, green and red vanished in four seconds, leaving stillness. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2022 The 300-foot wide star has been a bright sight for Anchorage residents looking north in the winter since the late 1980s. Wesley Early, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Nov. 2022 That could feel daunting under the bright lights of Lucas Oil Stadium for a first-time team. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2022 Summey wore a jeweled tiara on her head and a pink Western dress decorated with a bright, flowery design. Kevin Ellis, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 Each year, Milwaukee movie theaters bring back to the big screen holiday favorites from the past to help make the season bright. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 That's not an easy task for a TV manufacturer, as bright rooms tend to wash out colors on many TVs. Eric Ravenscraft Matt Jancer, WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022 At 12:11 pm every weekday, the bright, open atrium at the center of Durham Elementary in Tigard is quiet and empty, with most students off at recess or lunch. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 The big Black Friday sale gets underway bright and early on Friday, however. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2022
Noun
These types of colors can make any lipstick — even your loudest red — feel more wearable and less over-the-top bright. Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 17 Oct. 2022 Kelsea Ballerini brings the bright to SiriusXM Studios in N.Y.C. on Sept. 21. People Staff, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2022 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, refinery29.com, 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

noun derivative of bright entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of bright was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bright. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

bright

adjective

ˈbrīt
1
: giving off or filled with much light
2
: very clear or vivid in color
3
: intelligent sense 1b, clever
a bright child
a bright idea
4
: cheerful sense 1
a bright smile
5
: full of promise
a bright future
bright adverb
brightly adverb
brightness noun

Biographical Definition

Bright

biographical name

John 1811–1889 English orator and statesman

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