Brilliant vs Bravo - What's the difference?

brilliant | bravo |

As an adjective brilliant

is shining brightly.

As a noun brilliant

is a finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, having many facets.

As an interjection bravo is





(en adjective)
  • Shining brightly.
  • the brilliant lights along the promenade
  • (of a colour) Both bright and saturated.
  • butterflies with brilliant blue wings
  • (of a voice or sound) having a sharp, clear tone
  • Of surpassing excellence.
  • The actor's performance in the play was simply brilliant .
  • Magnificent or wonderful.
  • Highly intelligent.
  • She is a brilliant scientist.


    * (shining brightly) glittering, shining * * * (surpassing excellence) excellent, distinctive, striking, superb (obsolete except in UK usage) * (magnificent or wonderful) exceptional, glorious, magnificent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, wonderful (obsolete except in UK usage) * (highly intelligent) brainy, ingenious * See also


    (en noun)
  • A finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, having many facets.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • This snuffbox — on the hinge see brilliants shine.
  • * 1891 , Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity
  • “And the ring?” I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which sparkled upon his finger.
  • (printing) A small size of type.
  • A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.
  • bravo



  • A hired soldier; an assassin; a desperado.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1753, author=Theophilus Cibber, title=The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753), chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=As for Rochester, he had not genius enough to enter the lists with Dryden, so he fell upon another method of revenge; and meanly hired bravoes to assault him.}}
  • * , title=Red Eve, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Why should I fight the King of England's bravoes ?" inquired Acour in a languid voice of those who stood about him, a question at which they laughed.}}
  • * 1953 , (Raymond Chandler), The Long Goodbye , Penguin 2010, page 104:
  • Because the headache will always be there, a weapon that never wears out and is as deadly as the bravo ’s rapier or Lucrezia's poison vial.
  • A shout of "!"
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=Kate Dickinson Sweetser, title=Boys and girls from Thackeray, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=There was a roar of bravoes rang through the house; Pen bellowing with the loudest.}}
  • The letter B in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • Synonyms

    * (hired soldier) see


  • Used to express acclaim, especially to a performer.
  • Bravo, you have done a brilliant job!

    Usage notes

    Sometimes the (non-anglicized) Italian female form brava' is used for a woman, and the Italian plural forms '''brave''' (feminine) and ' bravi (masculine or mixed).


    * See


    (en verb)
  • To cheer or applaud, especially by saying bravo!
  • * {{quote-book, year=1910, author=May Agnes Fleming, title=The Baronet's Bride, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="And my Sunbeam was bravoed , and encored, and crowned with flowers, was she not?" }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1899, author=Richard Le Gallienne, title=Young Lives, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Together they had bravoed the great tragedians, and together hopelessly worshipped the beautiful faces, enskied and sainted, of famous actresses. }} ----