bright

[brahyt]

adjective, bright·er, bright·est.

noun

adverb, bright·er, bright·est.

in a bright manner; brightly.

Nearby words

  1. briggs, henry,
  2. briggsian logarithm,
  3. brigham,
  4. brigham city,
  5. brighouse,
  6. bright and early,
  7. bright coal,
  8. bright idea,
  9. bright lights,
  10. bright side

Origin of bright

before 1000; Middle English; Old English breht, beorht; cognate with Gothic bairht(s), Old Saxon ber(a)ht, Old High German beraht, Old Norse bjartr; Welsh berth splendid (< *berkto-); akin to Latin flagrāre to blaze (see flagrant), Albanian (i) bardhë white, Sanskrit bhrājate(it) shines

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Bright, brilliant, radiant, shining refer to that which gives forth, is filled with, or reflects light. Bright suggests the general idea: bright flare, stars, mirror. Brilliant implies a strong, unusual, or sparkling brightness, often changeful or varied and too strong to be agreeable: brilliant sunlight. Radiant implies the pouring forth of steady rays of light, especially as are agreeable to the eyes: a radiant face. Shining implies giving forth or reflecting a strong or steady light: shining eyes.

Bright

[brahyt]

noun

John,1811–89, British statesman and economist.
Richard,1789–1858, English physician.
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British Dictionary definitions for bright

bright

adjective

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

noun

a thin flat paintbrush with a straight sharp edge used for highlighting in oil painting
poetic brightness or splendourthe bright of his armour

adverb

brightlythe fire was burning bright
See also brights

Derived Formsbrightly, adverb

Word Origin for bright

Old English beorht; related to Old Norse bjartr, Gothic bairhts clear, Old High German beraht, Norwegian bjerk, Swedish brokig pied

Bright

noun

John . 1811–89, British liberal statesman, economist, and advocate of free trade: with Richard Cobden he led the Anti-Corn-Law League (1838–46)
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Word Origin and History for bright

bright

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bright

bright

In addition to the idioms beginning with bright

  • bright and early
  • bright idea
  • bright side

also see:

  • look on the bright side
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