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.

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. Jeb Bush:

    You're in a caucus state, which means that I hope I will be so brilliant and so eloquent and so high-energy, that you sign up for the caucuses in February.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. He was someone I knew for 20 years. He was brilliant, principled. Like Ronald Reagan was to the presidency, so Justice Scalia was to the Supreme Court. And his passing leaves a huge void on that court.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The people will continue to ignore the performance of a brilliant person until they can score money through his/her pains.

  4. President Trump:

    Mr Johnson MOVED TO HOSPITALS INTENSIVE-CARE UNIT AFTER CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS WORSEN, SPOKESMAN SAYS Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks during a Coronavirus press conference, in Downing Street, London, Friday March 20, 2020. Mr Johnson remains in intensive care where Mr Johnson has been given oxygen due to the coronavirus, but Mr Johnson is not on a ventilator, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, according to the BBC. ( Julian Simmonds/Pool Photo via AP) CORONAVIRUS : WHO IS Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ? Gove himself later announced he would be going into self-isolation after a family member showed symptoms. The government previously said the decision was a precaution and that the prime minister had been in good spirits earlier in the day.Johnson askedForeign SecretaryDominic Raabto deputize for him, the spokesman said. Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas Hospital on Sunday, the spokesman previously said. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all [ National Health Service ] staff for their hard work and dedication. Mr Johnson quarantined in Mr Johnson home since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26. TRUMP SADDENED OVER BORIS JOHNSONS CORONAVIRUS CONDITION, OFFERS HELP OF BRILLIANT COMPANIES The U.K. has no official post of deputy prime minister, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been designated to take over should Mr Johnson become incapacitated. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told a news conference that the prime minister was still running the government, although he added that hehadnt spoken to the prime minister directly since Saturday, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, President Trump gave President Trump best wishes to the prime minister during a White House coronavirus briefing on Monday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE We are very saddened to hear that President Trump was taken into intensive care this afternoon.Americans are all praying for President Trump recovery. President Trump has been President Trump. Hes been really something very special.

  5. Dominic Casciata:

    It's just a brilliant feeling, me and some friends who are volunteering here actually plan on coming back once the project is finished to see it in all its glory.

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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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