- 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.
Origin of brilliant
Examples from the Web for brilliantly
The writing team behind these videos are some seriously mad comedy crackheads, and they manage some brilliantly irrational bits.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
Spall plays him brilliantly as a grumbling, grunting beast of a man whose sensitivity and kindness emerges slowly.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
October 14, 2014
Brilliantly, the VA hangs the original alongside the retouched version.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography
September 8, 2014
Alan Cumming shimmered darkly and brilliantly as the emcee in the Cabaret performance.
It is a wildlife bonanza, and yet even the most brilliantly colored species somehow make themselves invisible.Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can
May 15, 2014
The history of that controversy has been brilliantly told by Hazlitt.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
At his left, not a hundred steps away, was a room, brilliantly lighted.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
There was a crush in the brilliantly lighted reception-rooms of the Elysée.
The Baron de Naarboveck's mansion was brilliantly illuminated.
I remember when I crossed the court how brilliantly the stars shone.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
- shining with light; sparkling
- (of a colour) having a high saturation and reflecting a considerable amount of light; vivid
- outstanding; exceptionala brilliant success
- splendid; magnificenta brilliant show
- of outstanding intelligence or intellecta 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
Word Origin and History for brilliantly
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.