- 1(Of light or colour) very bright: brilliant sunshine illuminated the sceneMore example sentences
bright, shining, blazing, dazzling, light; vivid, intense, ablaze, beaming, gleaming, glaring, luminous, lustrous, luminescent, radiant, incandescent, phosphorescent, scintillating, resplendent• literary irradiant, lucent, effulgent, refulgent, fulgent, lucid, glistering, coruscating, lambent, fulgurant, fulgurating, fulgurousbright, blazing, dazzling
- 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: he was quite brilliant and was promoted almost at once the germ of a brilliant idea hit herMore example sentences
gifted, talented, virtuoso, genius, accomplished, ingenious, masterly, inventive, creative; intelligent, bright, clever, smart, astute, acute, brainy, intellectual, profound; skilful, able, expert, adept, elite, superior, crack, choice, first-class, first-rate, excellent; educated, scholarly, learned, erudite, cerebral; precociousNorth American • informal whip-smart
- 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
- 3British • informal Excellent; marvellous: we had a brilliant time [as exclamation]: ‘Brilliant!’ he declared excitedlyMore example sentences
excellent, marvellous, superb, very good, first-rate, first-class, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, splendid, superlative, matchless, peerless• informal great, terrific, tremendous, smashing, fantastic, sensational, stellar, fabulous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, ace, fab, A1, cool, awesome, magic, wicked, tip-top, top-notch, out of sight, out of this world, way-out, capitalAustralian/New Zealand • informal bonzer
- 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: an elegant necklace with four rows of brilliantsMore 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).