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

  2. brilliantadjective

    shining brightly

    the brilliant lights along the promenade

  3. brilliantadjective

    both light and saturated

    butterflies with brilliant blue wings

  4. brilliantadjective

    having a sharp, clear tone

  5. brilliantadjective

    of surpassing excellence

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

  6. brilliantadjective

    magnificent or wonderful

  7. brilliantadjective

    highly intelligent

    She is a brilliant scientist.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRILLIANTadjective

    Shining; sparkling; splendid; full of lustre.

    Etymology: brillant, Fr.

    So have I seen in larder dark
    Of veal a lucid loin,
    Replete with many a brilliant spark,
    As wise philosophers remark,
    At once both stink and shine. Dorset.

  2. Brilliantnoun

    A diamond of the finest cut, formed into angles, so as to refract the light, and shine more.

    In deference to his virtues, I forbear
    To shew you what the rest in orders were;
    This brilliant is so spotless and so bright,
    He needs not foil, but shines by his own proper light. Dryd.

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. Leo Scott:

    Val is a very complex and brilliant man with so many layers, and we wanted to like try to get that feeling of him into the film, from his spirituality to a great sense of humor. We never considered doing it any other way with interviews with third parties. We were very clear on that very early on.

  2. Jamie Murray:

    There was so much noise, it was mental. We were shouting to each other at times but it's brilliant, and it's what you expect with so many passionate fans here for the final.

  3. Cornel West:

    I am honored to return back home to Union, to a place with brilliant faculty and moral tenacity and that provides an opportunity to continue to work with students who are eager to put their faith into practice while striving for justice and seeking of truth.

  4. Donald Trump:

    At some point, are they going to be there for the next 200 years? At some point what's going on? It's going to be a long time, we made a terrible mistake getting involved there in the first place. We had real brilliant thinkers that didn't know what the hell they were doing. And it's a mess. It's a mess. And at this point, you probably have to (stay) because that thing will collapse about two seconds after they leave. Just as I said that Iraq was going to collapse after we leave.

  5. Susan Silver:

    The three of us had a date, he and my uncle got along beautifully… I only went on one date with him, but he was so brilliant and so amusing. He had beautiful eyes. He was very soulful. He was really good looking! I have a T-shirt [now] with his face on it… I didn’t go to bed with him then, but now I sleep with him occasionally at night. And it’s safer that way!

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Translations for brilliant

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  • متألقArabic
  • брилянт, блестящ, великолепен, искрящ, яръкBulgarian
  • clar, brillantCatalan, Valencian
  • zářivýCzech
  • strålendeDanish
  • strahlend, genial, BrillantGerman
  • geniaEsperanto
  • brillanteSpanish
  • برلیانPersian
  • kirkas, nerokas, loistava, briljantti, säteileväFinnish
  • brillantFrench
  • ard-inçhynaghManx
  • מבריקHebrew
  • briliánsHungarian
  • փայլունArmenian
  • cemerlangIndonesian
  • splendente, superlativo, sgargiante, eccezionale, squillante, geniale, luccicante, pietra preziosa, lucente, brillante, talentuoso, fantastico, gemma, di successo, meravigliosoItalian
  • ブリリアントJapanese
  • praeclarumLatin
  • izcils, spilgts, spožsLatvian
  • koeaMāori
  • briljant, meesterlijk, geniaal, virtuoos, schitterend, stralendDutch
  • strålende, lysende, genial, klar, enestående, storslagenNorwegian
  • świetny, znakomity, genialny, błyszczącyPolish
  • claro, brilhantePortuguese
  • SclipitorRomanian
  • великолепный, блестящий, сочный, хрустальный, сверкающий, бриллиант, блистательныйRussian
  • begåvad, virtuosmässig, högt, mästerlig, gnistrande, storslagen, glänsande, genialisk, briljant, strålande, lysandeSwedish
  • nidikVolapük
  • בריליאַנטYiddish

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