shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city.
distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.
having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.: a brilliant technician.
strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.
splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event.
Jewelry. a gem, especially a diamond, having any of several varieties of the brilliant cut.
Printing. a size of type about 3½-point.
- bril·liant·ly, adverb
- bril·liant·ness, noun
- o·ver·bril·liant, adjective
- o·ver·bril·liant·ly, adverb
- quasi-brilliant, adjective
- qua·si-bril·liant·ly, adverb
- un·bril·liant, adjective
- un·bril·liant·ly, adverb
- un·bril·liant·ness, noun
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How to use brilliant in a sentence
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She is a brilliant, compassionate, empathetic candidate and that came across in her speech.
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His speeches, which he wrote himself, were frequently brilliant, even if they too often pointed backward instead of forward.
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In the evening, St. Peter's and its accessories were illuminated—by far the most brilliant spectacle I ever saw.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
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Admiration for brilliant colours, for moving things, such as feathers, is common to the two.Children's Ways | James Sully
But in August, 1805, the approaching war with Austria caused the Emperor to summon his most brilliant cavalry leader to his side.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
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British Dictionary definitions for brilliant
shining with light; sparkling
(of a colour) having a high saturation and reflecting a considerable amount of light; vivid
outstanding; exceptional: a brilliant success
splendid; magnificent: a brilliant show
of outstanding intelligence or intellect: a brilliant mind; a brilliant idea
(of the tone of an instrument) having a large proportion of high harmonics above the fundamental
Also: brilliant (French brijɑ̃), brilliante (French brijɑ̃t) with spirit; lively
Also called: brilliant cut
a popular circular cut for diamonds and other gemstones in the form of two many-faceted pyramids (the top one truncated) joined at their bases
a diamond of this cut
(formerly) a size of a printer's type approximately equal to 4 point
- brilliantly, adverb
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