brilliant

Brilliant describes something super bright, like intense lights at a football stadium, a super sparkly diamond, or the student who graduates from Harvard at age 13.

Brilliant comes from the Italian word brillare, to "sparkle" like those bright lights, diamonds, and brainiac kid. British people love to say things are "Brilliant!" in the same way Americans say "Awesome!" Brilliant describes anything sparkly, fabulous, or full of light. A bright color is brilliant, too, like the brilliant orange of a setting sun.

Primary Meanings of brilliant

1.
adj
full of light; shining intensely
2.
adj
having striking color
3.
adj
clear and sharp and ringing
4.
adj
having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
5.
adj
of surpassing excellence
Full Definitions of brilliant
1

adj full of light; shining intensely

“a brilliant star”
brilliant chandeliers”
Synonyms:
bright
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
2

adj having striking color

brilliant tapestries”
Synonyms:
bright, vivid
colorful, colourful
having striking color
3

adj clear and sharp and ringing

“the brilliant sound of the trumpets”
Synonyms:
bright
reverberant
having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected
4

adj having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence

“a brilliant mind”
“a brilliant solution to the problem”
Synonyms:
brainy, smart as a whip
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
5

adj of surpassing excellence

“a brilliant performance”
Synonyms:
superb
superior
of high or superior quality or performance

adj characterized by grandeur

“the brilliant court life at Versailles”
Synonyms:
glorious, magnificent, splendid
impressive
making a strong or vivid impression

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