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.

Definitions of brilliant
  1. adjective
    full of light; shining intensely
    “a brilliant star”
    brilliant chandeliers”
    Synonyms:
    bright
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  2. adjective
    having striking color
    brilliant tapestries”
    synonyms: bright, vivid
    colorful, colourful
    having striking color
  3. adjective
    clear and sharp and ringing
    “the brilliant sound of the trumpets”
    synonyms: bright
    reverberant
    having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected
  4. adjective
    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. adjective
    of surpassing excellence
    “a brilliant performance”
    synonyms: superb
    superior
    of high or superior quality or performance
  6. adjective
    characterized by grandeur
    “the brilliant court life at Versailles”
    synonyms: glorious, magnificent, splendid
    impressive
    making a strong or vivid impression
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