- radiating or reflecting light; luminous; shining: The bright coins shone in the gloom.
- filled with light: The room was bright with sunshine.
- vivid or brilliant: a bright red dress; bright passages of prose.
- quick-witted or intelligent: They gave promotions to bright employees.
- clever or witty, as a remark: Bright comments enlivened the conversation.
- animated; lively; cheerful: a bright and happy child; a bird's bright song.
- characterized by happiness or gladness: All the world seems bright and gay.
- favorable or auspicious: bright prospects for the future.
- radiant or splendid: the bright pageantry of court.
- illustrious or glorious, as an era: the bright days of the Renaissance.
- clear or translucent, as liquid: The bright water trickled through his fingers.
- having a glossy, glazed, or polished finish.
- intensely clear and vibrant in tone or quality; clear and sharp in sound: a bright singing voice.
- the automobile or truck headlights used for driving at night or under conditions of decreased visibility.
- the brighter level of intensity of these lights, usually deflected upward by switching on a bulb in the headlamp that strikes the lens at a different angle.
- flue-cured, light-hued tobacco.
- an artist's paintbrush having short, square-edged bristles.
- Archaic. brightness; splendor.
- in a bright manner; brightly.
Origin of bright
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- John,1811–89, British statesman and economist.
- Richard,1789–1858, English physician.
Examples from the Web for bright
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
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Despite the obvious ongoing problems with disease and access to basics, the future of Africa is bright.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
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How could the holidays be merry and bright without Holiday Lights?Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
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If Kendrick Lamar is the future of rap, then the future is bright.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track
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In his black suits, Hitchcock always looked odd in the bright California sun.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.
Some of these bright beings are speaking, and others are silent.
They were clothed in bright garments, with garlands on their heads.
The bright eyes burned at him for a moment longer out of the shadow.
They had burned their way into his dreams with a bright insistence.
- emitting or reflecting much light; shining
- (of colours) intense or vivid
- full of promisea bright future
- full of animation; cheerfula bright face
- informal quick witted or clevera bright child
- magnificent; gloriousa bright victory
- polished; glisteninga bright finish
- (of the voice) distinct and clear
- (of a liquid) translucent and cleara circle of bright water
- bright and early very early in the morning
- a thin flat paintbrush with a straight sharp edge used for highlighting in oil painting
- poetic brightness or splendourthe bright of his armour
- brightlythe fire was burning bright
- John . 1811–89, British liberal statesman, economist, and advocate of free trade: with Richard Cobden he led the Anti-Corn-Law League (1838–46)
Word Origin and History for bright
Old English bryht, by metathesis from beorht "bright; splendid; clear-sounding; beautiful; divine," from Proto-Germanic *berhta- "bright" (cf. Old Saxon berht, Old Norse bjartr, Old High German beraht, Gothic bairhts "bright"), from PIE root *bhereg- "to gleam, white" (cf. Sanskrit bhrajate "shines, glitters," Lithuanian breksta "to dawn," Welsh berth "bright, beautiful"). Meaning "quick-witted" is from 1741.