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

How to pronounce brilliant?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Tiffany Smiley:

    I'm running for the United States Senate to find commonsense solutions to the unique problems that are facing Washington families and our brilliant youth in this state, i'm a wife, I'm a mom, I'm a nurse, I'm a small business owner, I'm a military caregiver, and every day I'm talking to people in my community and this state that are struggling.

  2. Mike Smith:

    This horse ran a tremendous race. He's so gifted he's sent from heaven, he's just brilliant.

  3. Kanye West:

    As soon as I heard Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs.

  4. Jesse Eisenberg:

    Our friend, the actress and writer Amy Schumer, who's just obviously a brilliant talent and also has a wonderful heart, said,' I'm donating $ 50,000 to Middle Way House.' No questions asked, it was so unbelievable.

  5. 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.

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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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