adjective, bright·er, bright·est.
- 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.
adverb, bright·er, bright·est.
Origin of bright
Examples from the Web for brights
These changes were so marked as to justify a diagnosis of incipient nephritis, or Brights disease.
He had left the Brights' party fully intending to run out to Sombari, but had been diverted; and now it was too late.
So the dinner-party at the Brights' was a settled engagement and Joyce prepared to keep it.
Professor Christison also claims that three-fourths, or even four-fifths, of Brights disease in Scotland is produced by alcohol.
She had been called away from her "brights," and there was a mournful relish of Jackie's plight on her face.A Crooked Mile|Oliver Onions
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Word Origin for bright
Word Origin and History for brights
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.
Idioms and Phrases with brights
In addition to the idioms beginning with bright
- bright and early
- bright idea
- bright side
- look on the bright side