variant of bright (adj.). It figures in English phonetic spelling reform from at least the late 19c.; as an advertiser's word it dates from at least 1905 ("Star-brite Metal Polish," made by the Star-Brite Company of Lancaster, Pa., U.S.).
Yesterday and day before it was brite and fair, and yesterday was as warm as summer.
That Eagle, Sir, will continner to scream all over this brite and tremenjus land!
In the brite Lexington of yooth, thar aint no sich word as fale.
Thro the thick clouds uv gloom the brite sun uv hope cheerinly breaks.
Of course I miss you; as the poet sez "Your brite smile haunts me still."
December 1, 186- brite and fair, late to brekfast, but mother dident say nothing.