[ brahyt ]
/ braɪt /

adjective, bright·er, bright·est.


adverb, bright·er, bright·est.

in a bright manner; brightly.

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


synonym study for bright

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brights (1 of 3)

/ (braɪts) /

pl n

US the high beam of the headlights of a motor vehicle

British Dictionary definitions for brights (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for brights (3 of 3)

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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
See also brights

Derived forms of bright

brightly, 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
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