- 1(Of light or color) very bright and radiant.More example sentences
- Overheard the sun shone brightly, illuminating the garden with a brilliant ray of light.
- He slowly opened his eyes and bright rays of brilliant light flashed into his eyes.
- Something happened then, it was as if a brilliant ray of light shone down upon him.
- 2Exceptionally clever or talented: a brilliant young mathematician a brilliant ideaMore example sentences
- The young Lord Burlington was brilliant and precocious.
- He was a wealthy young man, a brilliant battle commander, intelligent and witty.
- We'll also be able to take advantage of some of Gotham's most brilliant magazine talent.
- 2.1Outstanding; impressive: his brilliant career at Harvard
- 2.2British • informal Very good, excellent, or marvelous: we had a brilliant time [as exclamation]: “Brilliant!” he declared excitedly as she finished telling him what had happenedMore example sentences
- You're just so brilliant and you're one of the coolest people ever.
- He has a wonderful wife, a fantastic job and two brilliant children.
- You are brilliant, a wonderful photographer, beautiful, and funny.
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- A diamond of brilliant cut.More example sentences
- Our artist expands it into a bracelet and fastens it with a forget-me-not in turquoises and brilliants.
- The headdress was an heirloom that mingled pearls with a few choice brilliants.
- The following are all modified brilliants: marquise, heart, oval and pear shape.
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- It is of white cotton, embroidered in typically Gujarati chain stitch in brilliantly coloured silk.
- Typically her paintings are large and exuberant, often brilliantly coloured.
- Some of the bits are brilliantly subversive, while others revel in outrageous profanity.
late 17th century: from French brillant 'shining', present participle of briller, from Italian brillare, probably from Latin beryllus (see beryl).