Origin of brilliant
Examples from the Web for brilliant
These were brilliant writers who were really great at keeping it to jokes.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sachin Tendulkar may be one of the most brilliant players in the sport, but he struggles to liven up his memoirs.
Both impart the experience of sitting with brilliant Cubans over a rum to debate the State of Cuban Intellectual Life.
Of course, you can read this just as a brilliant, subversive coda to a horror movie.
I also think we could have another talk with Fincher who may be difficult but is brilliant and already engaged.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars|William Boot|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I confess I was almost startled on seeing them with a number of brilliant looking snakes.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
Early in 1825, William Wilberforce's brilliant Parliamentary career came to an end by his own voluntary retirement.Private Papers of William Wilberforce|William Wilberforce
He had a poetic spirit, and was both vigorous and brilliant.
Ruth M—— was a college junior with ancestry and wealth, brilliant, sarcastic, selfish.The Girl and Her Religion|Margaret Slattery
Her father, too, would bring her home many a sparkling jewel, many a brilliant gem.Stories from the Ballads|Mary MacGregor
British Dictionary definitions for brilliant
- (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
- 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
Word Origin for brilliant
Word Origin and History for brilliant
1680s, from French brilliant "sparkling, shining" present participle of briller "to shine" (16c.), from Italian brillare "sparkle, whirl," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *berillare "to shine like a beryl," from berillus "beryl, precious stone," from Latin beryllus (see beryl). In reference to diamonds (1680s) it means a flat-topped cut invented 17c. by Venetian cutter Vincenzo Peruzzi.