Definitions for brilliantˈbrɪl yənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bril•liantˈbrɪl yənt(adj.)

  1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering:

    brilliant jewels.

  2. distinguished; outstanding:

    a brilliant performance.

  3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, etc.

  4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright:

    a brilliant blue.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. splendid or magnificent:

    a brilliant social event.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (n.)a gem, esp. a diamond, having any of several varieties of the brilliant cut.

    Category: Jewelry

  7. a size of type about 3½-point.

    Category: Printing

Origin of brilliant:

1675–85; < F brillant shining, prp. of briller < It brillare to glitter; see -ant


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brilliant, superb(adj)

    of surpassing excellence

    "a brilliant performance"; "a superb actor"

  2. brainy, brilliant, smart as a whip(adj)

    having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence

    "some men dislike brainy women"; "a brilliant mind"; "a brilliant solution to the problem"

  3. brilliant, glorious, magnificent, splendid(adj)

    characterized by grandeur

    "the brilliant court life at Versailles"; "a glorious work of art"; "magnificent cathedrals"; "the splendid coronation ceremony"

  4. bright, brilliant, vivid(adj)

    having striking color

    "bright dress"; "brilliant tapestries"; "a bird with vivid plumage"

  5. brilliant(adj)

    full of light; shining intensely

    "a brilliant star"; "brilliant chandeliers"

  6. bright, brilliant(adj)

    clear and sharp and ringing

    "the bright sound of the trumpet section"; "the brilliant sound of the trumpets"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. brilliant(adjective)ˈbrɪl yənt

    very intelligent or skillful

    a brilliant scientist/mathematician; a brilliant idea

  2. brilliantˈbrɪl yənt

    ≠ dull

    a brilliant white

  3. brilliantˈbrɪl yənt

    excellent, great

    ***The play was brilliant!; ***the gem's brilliance; ***the professor's brilliance; brilliantly colored floor tiles; a brilliantly written novel; ***water sparkling brilliantly in the sun


  1. brilliant(Noun)

    a finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, having many facets

  2. brilliant(Adjective)

    shining brightly

    the brilliant lights along the promenade

  3. brilliant(Adjective)

    both light and saturated

    butterflies with brilliant blue wings

  4. brilliant(Adjective)

    having a sharp, clear tone

  5. brilliant(Adjective)

    of surpassing excellence

    The actor's performance in the play was simply brilliant.

  6. brilliant(Adjective)

    magnificent or wonderful

  7. brilliant(Adjective)

    highly intelligent

    She is a brilliant scientist.

  8. Origin: From brillant, from as if *, from berillus, beryllus, from βήρυλλος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brilliant

    sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright; as, a brilliant star

  2. Brilliant

    distinguished by qualities which excite admiration; splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents

  3. Brilliant(adj)

    a diamond or other gem of the finest cut, formed into faces and facets, so as to reflect and refract the light, by which it is rendered more brilliant. It has at the middle, or top, a principal face, called the table, which is surrounded by a number of sloping facets forming a bizet; below, it has a small face or collet, parallel to the table, connected with the girdle by a pavilion of elongated facets. It is thus distinguished from the rose diamond, which is entirely covered with facets on the surface, and is flat below

  4. Brilliant(adj)

    the smallest size of type used in England printing

  5. Brilliant(adj)

    a kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving


  1. Brilliant

    Brilliant were a British pop/rock group active in the 1980s. Although not commercially successful and mauled by the critics, they remain notable because of the personnel involved - Martin Glover aka Youth, formerly of Killing Joke and subsequently a top producer/remixer; Jimmy Cauty, later to find fame and fortune as one half of The KLF; and Ben Watkins aka Juno Reactor. Equally notable was their management, their record company A&R manager, and songwriting and production team.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brilliant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3423

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brilliant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1032

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brilliant' in Adjectives Frequency: #393

Translations for brilliant

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very bright

the bird's brilliant feathers.

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