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Borrowed from French brillant (late 17th century), present participle of the verb briller, from Italian brillare, possibly from Latin berillus, beryllus (“a beryl, gem, eyeglass”), from Ancient Greek βήρυλλος (bḗrullos, “beryl”).
- Shining brightly.
- the brilliant lights along the promenade
- (of a colour) Both bright and saturated.
- butterflies with brilliant blue wings
- (of a voice or sound) having a sharp, clear tone
- Of surpassing excellence.
- The actor's performance in the play was simply brilliant.
- Magnificent or wonderful.
- Highly intelligent.
- She is a brilliant scientist.
- (shining brightly): glittering, shining
- (of a colour: both light and saturated):
- (of a voice or sound: having a sharp, clear tone):
- (surpassing excellence): excellent, distinctive, striking, superb (obsolete except in UK usage)
- (magnificent or wonderful): exceptional, glorious, magnificent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, wonderful (obsolete except in UK usage)
- (highly intelligent): brainy, ingenious
- See also Thesaurus:intelligent
of a colour: both light and saturated
of a voice or sound: having a sharp, clear tone
of surpassing excellence
magnificent or wonderful (primarily UK usage)
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- A finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, cut in a particular form with numerous facets so as to maximize light return through the top (called "table") of the stone.
- (uncountable, printing, dated) The size of type between excelsior and diamond, standardized as 4-point.
- Most hummingbird species of the genus Heliodoxa.
- A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.
- (small type size): (German) Brillant
hummingbird of the genus Heliodoxa
- brilliant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- brilliant in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- brilliant at OneLook Dictionary Search
Declension of brilliant