(of a colour) Both bright and saturated.
- the brilliant lights along the promenade
(of a voice or sound) having a sharp, clear tone
Of surpassing excellence.
- butterflies with brilliant blue wings
Magnificent or wonderful.
- The actor's performance in the play was simply brilliant .
- 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
A finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, having many facets.
* Alexander Pope
* 1891 , Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity
- This snuffbox — on the hinge see brilliants shine.
(printing) A small size of type.
A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.
- “And the ring?” I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which sparkled upon his finger.
(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,
* 1869 , , Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor , ch. 45:
- Than my fair Abigail should frown on me.
* 1922 , , "The Wood Fire" in Late Lyrics and Earlier :
- [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.
* 2008 , Paul S. Sunga, Red Dust, Red Sky , ISBN 9781550503708,
- This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!
- The few chairs and the low table had been stripped of paint to reveal the brightsome grain of pine wood.
* 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