[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 vibrant

Contemporary Examples of vibrant

Historical Examples of vibrant

  • There followed a period of silence, in which great emotions were vibrant from heart to heart.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Now the air was vibrant with the voice of the multitude itself, raised in anger.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • His voice was vibrant with a deep earnestness that made him as solemn as a priest.

  • It was the spontaneous laugh of youth, vibrant, compelling, mirth-inspiring.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • She was so young, so vibrant with 306 life, so quick with her smiles and laughter––this other.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for vibrant



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 vibrant

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