- The definition of brightwork is metal trim that is kept polished, especially on a boat or ship.
An example of brightwork is the shiny metal rail of a sailboat.
A closeup of the bow of a boat showing the silver brightwork.
unpainted metal trim or fittings, as on ships, kept bright by polishing
- Metal parts or fixtures made bright by polishing.
- Wooden surfaces, especially on a boat, having a bright sheen from being varnished.