- 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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Examples from the Web for brightest
“For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy,” he said.Billy Crystal's Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Was Perfect
August 26, 2014
Which brings us back to the possible IMBH, known Star Trekishly as M82 X-1, the brightest X-ray source in M82.The Goldilocks of Black Holes
Matthew R. Francis
August 24, 2014
So we tried to think of the freshest, healthiest, brightest, cleanest restaurant we knew.Finding Food Heaven on the Cali Coast
Jane & Michael Stern
August 17, 2014
Fino and Manzanilla age beneath healthy layers flor and are therefore the crispest and brightest.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades
June 15, 2014
It also was a showcase for moral bankruptcy, prompting thousands of its best and brightest citizens to flee abroad.Poland’s Warmed-Over Cold Warrior
May 29, 2014
To think of the brightest and most fortunate accidents of life.Little Dorrit
The stars were shining, and I looked for my own special one, and chose the largest and brightest.My Double Life
His boots, which were always of the brightest, creaked as he walked.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
"I always get around them that way," he said with an expression of the brightest cunning.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
This was probably the brightest era in the life of the Duchess of Devonshire.Beaux and Belles of England
- John . 1811–89, British liberal statesman, economist, and advocate of free trade: with Richard Cobden he led the Anti-Corn-Law League (1838–46)
- 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
Word Origin and History for brightest
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.