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 English, one of the state's top 2023 recruits at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, had two brilliant catches for big gains in the first quarter before the non-contact injury. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2021 Which is what the path through the gallery will ultimately reveal — exalted states from different times, all coming together in the end in a brilliant, emerald space. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 This brilliant, compelling, tender novel is — quite simply — a joy. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Bennett has been nothing short of brilliant, sparking a bit of a quarterback controversy. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2021 For two seasons of You, creator Sera Gamble and her team of writers did a brilliant job adapting Caroline Kepnes' novels into a series that unpacks rom-com tropes Hollywood has been spoonfeeding us for years. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 15 Oct. 2021 This little gem comes from the brilliant mind of—yep, Robert Louis Stevenson. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 What’s brilliant is that this loop simply feels part of the unknowable strangeness of time at a cosmic level. Lewis Gordon, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Show creators Jo Sharon and Casey Kriley, of Magical Elves, are the brilliant minds behind the project, collaborating with Heather Maclean. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Brilliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brilliant. Accessed 27 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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