Brilliant vs Brightsome - What's the difference?

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Brilliant is a synonym of brightsome.

As adjectives the difference between brilliant and brightsome

is that brilliant is shining brightly while brightsome is (archaic) bright in appearance, shining.

As a noun brilliant

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




(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.
  • brightsome



    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Bright in appearance, shining.
  • * , The Jew of Malta , act 2:
  • But rather let the brightsome heavens be dim,
    And nature's beauty choke with stifling clouds,
    Than my fair Abigail should frown on me.
  • * 1869 , , Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor , ch. 45:
  • [A]ll the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal Lorna's transformation.
  • * 1922 , , "The Wood Fire" in Late Lyrics and Earlier :
  • This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!
  • * 2008 , Paul S. Sunga, Red Dust, Red Sky , ISBN 9781550503708, p. 117:
  • The few chairs and the low table had been stripped of paint to reveal the brightsome grain of pine wood.

    Usage notes

    * The Oxford English Dictionary'' suggests that this is a less definite term than (bright), "leaving more to the imagination".''Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.


    * brilliant, luminous

    Derived terms

    * brightsomeness


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