Definition of bright in English:


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Pronunciation: /brʌɪt



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  • 1Bold and vivid colours: a choice of colours from pastels through to brights
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    • It works efficiently as a basic color and can be worn with pastels or brights as accents.
    • Summer brights include red, various shades of pink, sunshine yellows and lots of pastel shades and candy colours.
    • The brights were light yellow, almost golden colored.
  • 2North American Headlights switched to full beam: he turned the brights on and we drove along the dirt road
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    • Getting out of the car, I flipped the brights lever, illuminating the Don.
    • Finally, it got too dark to see as even my brights wouldn't show enough of the road to continue on safely.
    • Jack finally looked in his rearview mirror, and the woman began flashing her brights at him.


bright and early

Very early in the morning: if you are up bright and early we will be able to set off in good time
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  • Morning came bright and early for the two lovers, a little too early for most normal human beings.
  • Now, the actor kicked off his campaign bright and early in the morning by hitting the talk shows.
  • Our coverage will be bright and early tomorrow morning here in the United States.

(as) bright as a button

British informal Intelligently alert and lively: some of them are frail physically but are as bright as a button in their minds
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  • Gary's bright as a button; he's seven.
  • Cole was bright as a button down the left and Babbel in the other direction made things interesting.
  • He was as bright as a button, full of humour and with a large dash of devilment thrown in!

bright lights

The glamour and excitement of city life: they hankered for the bright lights of the capital
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  • Lured by the bright lights of the big city, rural children are ditching a farming lifestyle.
  • You know, when I was a kid in Fort Worth I just wanted the bright lights and glamour.
  • The attraction of the bright lights of the cities can detract from the demands of study.

look on the bright side

Be optimistic or cheerful in spite of difficulties: ‘I expect I shall manage,’ she said, determined to look on the bright side
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  • He was always the one who looked on the bright side, the optimistic one.
  • With so many good things happening, it is so difficult not to look on the bright side, isn't it?
  • At first, anti-dam activists looked on the bright side.



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  • The bright blue star on the left and another brightish blue star in the lower left corner form the horns.
  • This eclipse is unusual because the Moon itself eclipses, or occults, a brightish star during totality!
  • The brightish star just east of Saturn is Regulus, Alpha Leonis, i.e. the brightest star in Leo.


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  • Six brightly coloured tents were pitched in the rich green of the Tirit village.
  • As the power generator is turned off the stars shine brightly overhead.
  • The works are fun and brightly coloured and will appeal to sons and dads alike.


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  • I was trying madly to slow down and I couldn't, then I saw brightness ahead and knew I was nearing the surface.
  • The one great advantage of our remote, rarefied location was the astonishing clarity and brightness of the night sky.
  • Great paintings and statues are, so to say, scared of brightness and glare.


Old English beorht, of Germanic origin.

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