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. Senior Constable William Sargent:

    I think it showed London is pretty resilient, everyone did everything they could to help everyone. The humanity was brilliant and, you know, London kept moving afterwards.

  2. Carol Burnett:

    I'm heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being, i cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He'll be in my heart forever.

  3. Vicente Lim:

    Bear in mind that no matter how small a thing you want to do, plan it ahead of time, think it over and allot a certain time for you to prepare your plans, for a mediocre plan is better than a brilliant unprepared plan that is haphazardly carried out.

  4. Jessie Holeva:

    Watches are the number one symbol of luxury, so for Apple to create a watch that fits both tech and luxury is brilliant, it is nice to see leather and metal wrist band options, which makes the watch less sporty and more glam.I love that there are so many different customizable metal options, and I especially fell for the rose gold. The different types of bands are great for those who prefer a more sleek style watch to those who want a more classic feel. Although I don't go for the sporty styles, it is similar to brands like Toy that make watches poolside-ready with a rubber band.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    Ellen woke up every day determined to make a difference, and make a difference she did. She was fearless, brilliant and bighearted.

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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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