[ bril ]
/ brɪl /

noun, plural brills, (especially collectively) brill.

a European flatfish, Scophthalmus rhombus, closely related to the turbot.

Origin of brill

First recorded in 1475–85; of uncertain origin

Definition for brill (2 of 2)

[ bril ]
/ brɪl /


A(braham) A(rden), 1874–1948, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Austria. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brill (1 of 2)

/ (brɪl) /

noun plural brill or brills

a European food fish, Scophthalmus rhombus, a flatfish similar to the turbot but lacking tubercles on the body: family Bothidae

Word Origin for brill

C15: probably from Cornish brӯthel mackerel, from Old Cornish brӯth speckled; related to Welsh brith spotted

British Dictionary definitions for brill (2 of 2)

/ (brɪl) /


British slang excellent or wonderful

Word Origin for brill

C20 shortened form of brilliant
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