- 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 brighter
The survivors needed hope for a brighter future, and Murakami sought to supply a salving narrative through his art.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
Then, I have this other little thing that came along who, unfortunately, is brighter than the other two put together.Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage
November 18, 2014
But she is confident that her generation will see a brighter future.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
Leadership is the work of helping people think beyond the legal, and into the brighter and better world of the possible.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
She writes about a world that is brighter than the world I live in.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
She was brighter than she had been for days, more interested.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But brighter than all glittered the silver scarfs which Arabs begged us to buy.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Suddenly, too, the world took to his eyes a brighter and fairer aspect.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
If you look at the dark side first, the other seems all the brighter.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
About noon the sky began to clear; it grew brighter and brighter.Moni the Goat-Boy
- 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 brighter
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.