What does Brilliant mean?

Definitions for Brilliant
ˈbrɪl yəntBril·liant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Brilliant.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. brilliant(Noun)

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

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

  2. brilliant(Adjective)

    shining brightly

    the brilliant lights along the promenade

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

  3. brilliant(Adjective)

    both light and saturated

    butterflies with brilliant blue wings

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

  4. brilliant(Adjective)

    having a sharp, clear tone

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

  5. brilliant(Adjective)

    of surpassing excellence

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

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

  6. brilliant(Adjective)

    magnificent or wonderful

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

  7. brilliant(Adjective)

    highly intelligent

    She is a brilliant scientist.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.

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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

How to pronounce Brilliant?

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How to say Brilliant in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brilliant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brilliant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Brilliant in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Lincoln:

    I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.

  2. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    No, let us not make God in our image, poor inhabitants that we are of a distant planet lost in infinite space. However brilliant and sublime our intelligence may be, it is scarcely more than a small spark which shines and in an instant is extinguished, and it alone can give us no idea of that blaze, that conflagration, that ocean of light!

  3. Sister Rose:

    A good movie will make us question the status quo, it will make us questions our behavior. It will ask us how we can help relieve the suffering that we may see ... humanity is such a brilliant subject.

  4. Jack London, Personal Credo:

    I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by a dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificient glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

  5. Perry Brass:

    Take up something that you know will never bring you any returns except pleasure—in other words, allow yourself to live the way brilliant eighteenth century courtesans lived. Don’t be afraid of having a decorative life, even if all the decorations come from you.

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Translations for Brilliant

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  • متألقArabic
  • ярък, блестящ, брилянт, искрящ, великолепенBulgarian
  • brillant, clarCatalan, Valencian
  • zářivýCzech
  • strålendeDanish
  • Brillant, genial, strahlendGerman
  • geniaEsperanto
  • brillanteSpanish
  • برلیانPersian
  • kirkas, loistava, briljantti, säteilevä, nerokasFinnish
  • brillantFrench
  • ard-inçhynaghManx
  • מבריקHebrew
  • briliánsHungarian
  • փայլունArmenian
  • cemerlangIndonesian
  • lucente, meraviglioso, brillante, gemma, talentuoso, fantastico, di successo, splendente, superlativo, sgargiante, eccezionale, squillante, geniale, pietra preziosa, luccicanteItalian
  • ブリリアントJapanese
  • izcils, spožs, spilgtsLatvian
  • koeaMāori
  • virtuoos, briljant, geniaal, stralend, schitterend, meesterlijkDutch
  • lysende, strålende, genial, klar, enestående, storslagenNorwegian
  • genialny, błyszczący, znakomity, świetnyPolish
  • brilhante, claroPortuguese
  • SclipitorRomanian
  • блестящий, сочный, блистательный, бриллиант, великолепный, сверкающий, хрустальныйRussian
  • lysande, strålande, briljant, genialisk, begåvad, glänsande, storslagen, gnistrande, mästerlig, högt, virtuosmässigSwedish
  • nidikVolapük

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