bright

After a long, gray winter, it's hard to remember what a bright, sunny day is like. Bright means shining with light.

The adjective bright is good for describing anything that emits, reflects, or is full of light — like the bright moon, the bright sky or the bright, well-lit room. Bright can also mean vivid or vibrant — such as a bright purple three-piece suit. More figuratively, bright means "full of hope or possibility" — like your bright future as a marine biologist.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bright

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adjadv
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
with brightness
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adj
characterized by quickness and ease in learning
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adj
splendid
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adj
clear and sharp and ringing
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adj
characterized by happiness or gladness
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bright
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adj emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

“the sun was bright and hot”
“a bright sunlit room”
Synonyms
agleam, gleaming, nitid
bright with a steady but subdued shining
aglow, lambent, lucent, luminous
softly bright or radiant
aglitter, coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittering, glittery, scintillant, scintillating, sparkly
having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
beadlike, beady, buttonlike, buttony
small and round and shiny like a shiny bead or button
beaming, beamy, effulgent, radiant, refulgent
radiating or as if radiating light
blazing, blinding, dazzling, fulgent, glaring, glary
shining intensely
bright as a new penny
(metaphor) shining brightly
brilliant
full of light; shining intensely
ardent
glowing or shining like fire
glimmery
shining softly and intermittently
glistening, glossy, lustrous, sheeny, shining, shiny
reflecting light
iridescent, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescent
having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
lurid
shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
noctilucent
shining or glowing by night
satiny, silken, silklike, silky, sleek, slick
having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
self-luminous
having in itself the property of emitting light
shimmery
glistening tremulously
silver, silvern, silvery
having the white lustrous sheen of silver
twinkling
shining intermittently with a sparkling light
Antonyms:
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light
flat, mat, matt, matte, matted
not reflecting light; not glossy
lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless
lacking luster or shine
soft, subdued
not brilliant or glaring
unpolished
not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
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adj made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow

bright silver candlesticks”
Synonyms:
burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny
polished
perfected or made shiny and smooth

adj not made dim or less bright

Synonyms:
undimmed
Antonyms:
dim, dimmed
made dim or less bright
low-beam
used of headlights
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adj having lots of light either natural or artificial

“the room was bright and airy”
“a stage bright with spotlights”
Synonyms
light
characterized by or emitting light

adj having striking color

bright dress”
Synonyms:
brilliant, vivid
colorful, colourful
having striking color

adv with brightness

“the windows glowed jewel bright
Synonyms:
brightly, brilliantly
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adj characterized by quickness and ease in learning

“some children are brighter in one subject than another”
Synonyms:
smart
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
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adj splendid

“the bright stars of stage and screen”
“a bright moment in history”
“the bright pageantry of court”
Synonyms
glorious
having or deserving or conferring glory
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adj clear and sharp and ringing

“the bright sound of the trumpet section”
Synonyms:
brilliant
reverberant
having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected
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adj characterized by happiness or gladness

bright faces”
“all the world seems bright and gay”
Synonyms
happy
enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure

adj full or promise

“had a bright future in publishing”
Synonyms:
hopeful, promising
auspicious
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
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