[vahy-bruh nt]



Phonetics. a vibrant sound.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vibrancy

Contemporary Examples of vibrancy

  • Indeed, red — because of its vibrancy and richness — has served as a powerful symbol since the beginning of civilization.

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    Scarlet Is the New Black

    Raquel Laneri

    August 31, 2014

  • There was a kinetic energy, a vibrancy that leapt off the screen that did, indeed, dazzle.

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    ‘American Hustle’ Is Overrated

    Kevin Fallon

    January 28, 2014

  • There's a vibrancy that embodies the best values of community and urban life.

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    Charlotte Putting Tampa To Shame

    David Frum

    September 6, 2012

Historical Examples of vibrancy

  • Her arm brushed him and the vibrancy of her being sang through him.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

  • Oddly enough, thought of her now filled him with a vibrancy, with a longing.

    The Ten-foot Chain

    Achmed Abdullah

  • When they are properly used, their vibrancy is a substitute for any amount of power.

    How to Sing

    Lilli Lehmann

  • The sounds of the city were deadened here to a dull rumble, while the vibrancy of the autumn afternoon excited his taut nerves.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • In order to learn to organize his material, he has doubtlessly unconsciously lessened its density and vibrancy for the time being.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

British Dictionary definitions for vibrancy



characterized by or exhibiting vibration; pulsating or trembling
giving an impression of vigour and activity
caused by vibration; resonant
(of colour) strong and vivid
phonetics trilled or rolled


a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)
Derived Formsvibrancy, nounvibrantly, adverb

Word Origin for vibrant

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper