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, superbadjective

    of surpassing excellence

    "a brilliant performance"; "a superb actor"

  2. brainy, brilliant, smart as a whipadjective

    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, splendidadjective

    characterized by grandeur

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

  4. bright, brilliant, vividadjective

    having striking color

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

  5. brilliantadjective

    full of light; shining intensely

    "a brilliant star"; "brilliant chandeliers"

  6. bright, brilliantadjective

    clear and sharp and ringing

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

Wiktionary

  1. brilliantnoun

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

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

  2. brilliantadjective

    shining brightly

    the brilliant lights along the promenade

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

  3. brilliantadjective

    both light and saturated

    butterflies with brilliant blue wings

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

  4. brilliantadjective

    having a sharp, clear tone

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

  5. brilliantadjective

    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. brilliantadjective

    magnificent or wonderful

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

  7. brilliantadjective

    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. Brilliantadjective

    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. Brilliantadjective

    the smallest size of type used in England printing

  5. Brilliantadjective

    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

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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. Lucila Novillo:

    We should be a great country. We have brilliant, well-educated and creative people, these qualities should help us grow, but corruption prevents that. The roots of corruption have reached into every corner of this country.

  2. Eitan Perry:

    We are the only club in Israel who has a clause in the contract of the players that they have to do a certain number of social work projects, the training sessions, they're brilliant for the kids. They get to work with the players and then on matchday they get to watch them in action, some will hold their hands when they walk out onto the pitch.

  3. Mariana Fulger:

    Nature is the master creator in any field. Nature does not ask us to be brilliant, it is enough to be rational. Nature is not man and it is not men’s.

  4. Dean Roberts:

    If he came here, I’d shake his hand, absolute brilliant businessman, he’s going to upset a lot of people, that’s what we want, he’s a true leader.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    I think he’s absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament.

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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
  • praeclarumLatin
  • 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
  • בריליאַנטYiddish

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