Definition of brilliant in English:

brilliant

Line breaks: bril|liant
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪlj(ə)nt
 
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adjective

noun

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  • A diamond of brilliant cut: an elegant necklace with four rows of brilliants
    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.

Derivatives

brilliantly

adverb
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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.

Origin

late 17th century: from French brillant 'shining', present participle of briller, from Italian brillare, probably from Latin beryllus (see beryl).

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