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.
- brightish, adjective
- brightly, adverb
- o·ver·bright, adjective
- o·ver·bright·ly, adverb
- o·ver·bright·ness, noun
- su·per·bright, adjective
- un·bright, adjective
- un·bright·ly, adverb
- un·bright·ness, noun
Other definitions for Bright (2 of 2)
John, 1811–89, British statesman and economist.
Richard, 1789–1858, English physician.
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How to use bright in a sentence
The survivors needed hope for a brighter future, and Murakami sought to supply a salving narrative through his art.
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 | Marlow Stern | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Lizzie Crocker | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Leadership is the work of helping people think beyond the legal, and into the brighter and better world of the possible.
She writes about a world that is brighter than the world I live in.
No; he saw—he fancied that he saw a brighter way marked out before him.
How much brighter still might that Genius shine, could it be equally inspired by Good-nature!A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
The brilliant imaginative mind has woven it into romance, making its colors brighter still with the sunlight of inspired phantasy.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In some cases these stars are of the same brilliancy, but in others one of the lights is much brighter than the other.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
With the arrival of this pretty and lively school-girl the house became even merrier and brighter than before.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for bright (1 of 2)
emitting or reflecting much light; shining
(of colours) intense or vivid
full of promise: a bright future
full of animation; cheerful: a bright face
informal quick witted or clever: a bright child
magnificent; glorious: a bright victory
polished; glistening: a bright finish
(of the voice) distinct and clear
(of a liquid) translucent and clear: a 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 splendour: the bright of his armour
brightly: the fire was burning bright
- See also brights
- brightly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Bright (2 of 2)
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with bright
In addition to the idioms beginning with bright
- bright and early
- bright idea
- bright side
- look on the bright side
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