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[vahy-bruh nt]
  1. moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating.
  2. vibrating so as to produce sound, as a string.
  3. (of sounds) characterized by perceptible vibration; resonant; resounding.
  4. pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city.
  5. vigorous; energetic; vital: a vibrant personality.
  6. exciting; stimulating; lively: vibrant colors; a vibrant performance.
  7. Phonetics. made with tonal vibration of the vocal cords; voiced.
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  1. Phonetics. a vibrant sound.
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Origin of vibrant

1540–50; < Latin vibrant- (stem of vibrāns), present participle of vibrāre to shake, move to and fro; see -ant
Related formsvi·bran·cy, vi·brance, nounvi·brant·ly, adverbun·vi·brant, adjectiveun·vi·brant·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for vibrance

Historical Examples

  • Again the blinding light struck at me, the sickening shaking of the vibrance welled through me.

    Valley of the Croen

    Lee Tarbell

  • They were great rolling clouds that seemed to envelop the entire universe with their vibrance.

    The Holes and John Smith

    Edward W. Ludwig

British Dictionary definitions for vibrance


  1. characterized by or exhibiting vibration; pulsating or trembling
  2. giving an impression of vigour and activity
  3. caused by vibration; resonant
  4. (of colour) strong and vivid
  5. phonetics trilled or rolled
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  1. a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)
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Derived Formsvibrancy, nounvibrantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin vibrāre to agitate
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Word Origin and History for vibrance



1550s, "agitated," from Latin vibrantem (nominative vibrans) "swaying," present participle of vibrare "move to and fro" (see vibrate). Meaning "vigorous, full of life" is first recorded 1860. Related: Vibrantly.

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