[ vahy-bruhnt ]
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  1. moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating.

  2. vibrating so as to produce sound, as a string.

  1. (of sounds) characterized by perceptible vibration; resonant; resounding.

  2. pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city.

  3. vigorous; energetic; vital: a vibrant personality.

  4. stimulating; exciting; vivid: vibrant colors;a vibrant performance.

  5. Phonetics. made with tonal vibration of the vocal cords; voiced.

  1. Phonetics. a vibrant sound.

Origin of vibrant

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin vibrant-, stem of vibrāns, present participle of vibrāre “to shake, move to and fro”; see -ant

Other words from vibrant

  • vi·bran·cy, vi·brance, noun
  • vi·brant·ly, adverb
  • un·vi·brant, adjective
  • un·vi·brant·ly, adverb

Words Nearby vibrant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vibrant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vibrant


/ (ˈvaɪbrənt) /

  1. characterized by or exhibiting vibration; pulsating or trembling

  2. giving an impression of vigour and activity

  1. caused by vibration; resonant

  2. (of colour) strong and vivid

  3. phonetics trilled or rolled

  1. a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)

Origin of vibrant

C16: from Latin vibrāre to agitate

Derived forms of vibrant

  • vibrancy, noun
  • vibrantly, adverb

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