- The definition of brilliant is someone or something that is very bright, either in terms of intelligence or because it is shiny or intensely colored.
- An example of bright is an A student who is at the top of his glass.
- An example of bright is a sparkly diamond.
- An example of bright is an intense color like peacock blue.
brilliant definition by Webster's New World
- shining brightly; sparkling
- vivid; intense
- very splendid or distinguished
- having or showing keen intelligence, great talent or skill, etc.
Origin: French brillant, sparkling, present participle of briller, to sparkle, glitter ; from Italian brillare, sparkle, whirl
- brilliantly adverb
brilliant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Full of light; shining. See Synonyms at bright.
- Relating to or being a hue that has a combination of high lightness and strong saturation.
- Sharp and clear in tone.
- Glorious; magnificent: the brilliant court life at Versailles.
- Superb; wonderful: The soloist gave a brilliant performance.
- Marked by unusual and impressive intellectual acuteness: a brilliant mind; a brilliant solution to the problem. See Synonyms at intelligent.
Origin: French brillant, present participle of briller, to shine, from Italian brillare, perhaps from brillo, beryl, from Latin bēryllus; see beryl.
- brilˈliant·ly adverb
- brilˈliant·ness noun