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[brahyt-nis] /ˈbraɪt nɪs/
the quality of being bright.
Optics. the luminance of a body, apart from its hue or saturation, that an observer uses to determine the comparative luminance of another body. Pure white has the maximum brightness, and pure black the minimum brightness.
Origin of brightness
before 950; Middle English brihtnes, Old English beorhtnes. See bright, -ness Unabridged
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  • Nevertheless, when Zebedee arrived on the moor, her brightness faded.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • Now it could grow in the warmth and brightness of beautiful day.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • By degrees, she seemed to absorb all her companion's life and brightness.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • This was indeed a contrast to the life and brightness on the other side.

  • Her complexion was very bright, but in spite of its brightness she never blushed.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for brightness


the condition of being bright
(physics) a former name for luminosity (sense 4)
(psychol) the experienced intensity of light
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Word Origin and History for brightness

Old English beorhtnes "brightness, clearness, splendor, beauty;" see bright + -ness.

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