- The definition of bright is shining and full of light, mentally quick or witty.
- An example of bright is the nature of a star.
- An example of bright is the bank of lights in front of a famous person who is having their picture taken.
- An example of bright is a person who quickly catches on to a difficult situation without the need for much explanation.
- Bright means in an intelligent manner, or in a light way.
An example of bright is how the stars are shining in "O Holy Night."
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- shining with light that is radiated or reflected; full of light
- clear or brilliant in color or sound; vivid or intense
- lively; vivacious; cheerful: a bright smile
- mentally quick; smart, clever, witty, etc.
- full of happiness or hope: a bright outlook on life
- favorable; auspicious
- glorious or splendid; illustrious
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English bryht, earlier beorht ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher- eg-, to gleam, white from source birch, Gothic bairhts
- brightly adverb
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adjective bright·er, bright·est
- a. Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; shining.b. Comparatively high on the scale of brightness.c. Full of light or illumination: a bright sunny day; a stage bright with spotlights.
- Characterizing a dyestuff that produces a highly saturated color; brilliant.
- Glorious; splendid: one of the bright stars of stage and screen; a bright moment in history.
- Full of promise and hope; auspicious: had a bright future in publishing.
- Happy; cheerful: bright faces.
- Animatedly clever; intelligent.
- High and clear: the bright sound of the trumpet section.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English beorht; see bherəg- in Indo-European roots.
- bright, brightˈly adverb
, John 1811-1889.