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.

Definitions of bright
  1. adjective
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
    “the sun was bright and hot”
    “a bright sunlit room”
    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
    full of light; shining intensely
    glowing or shining like fire
    shining softly and intermittently
    glistening, glossy, lustrous, sheeny, shining, shiny
    reflecting light
    iridescent, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescent
    having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
    shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
    shining or glowing by night
    satiny, silken, silklike, silky, sleek, slick
    having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    having in itself the property of emitting light
    glistening tremulously
    silver, silvern, silvery
    having the white lustrous sheen of silver
    shining intermittently with a sparkling light
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    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
    not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
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  2. adjective
    made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
    bright silver candlesticks”
    synonyms: burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny
    perfected or made shiny and smooth
  3. adjective
    not made dim or less bright
    synonyms: undimmed
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    dim, dimmed
    made dim or less bright
    used of headlights
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  4. adjective
    having lots of light either natural or artificial
    “the room was bright and airy”
    “a stage bright with spotlights”
    characterized by or emitting light
  5. adjective
    having striking color
    bright dress”
    synonyms: brilliant, vivid
    colorful, colourful
    having striking color
  6. adverb
    with brightness
    “the windows glowed jewel bright
    synonyms: brightly, brilliantly
  7. adjective
    characterized by quickness and ease in learning
    “some children are brighter in one subject than another”
    synonyms: smart
    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
  8. adjective
    “the bright stars of stage and screen”
    “a bright moment in history”
    “the bright pageantry of court”
    having or deserving or conferring glory
  9. adjective
    clear and sharp and ringing
    “the bright sound of the trumpet section”
    synonyms: brilliant
    having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected
  10. adjective
    characterized by happiness or gladness
    bright faces”
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
  11. adjective
    full of promise
    “had a bright future in publishing”
    synonyms: hopeful, promising
    auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
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