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Meaning & Definition of Brilliant in English

English

Brilliant

/brɪljənt/

adjective

1. Of surpassing excellence

  • "A brilliant performance"
  • "A superb actor"
    synonym:
  • brilliant
  • ,
  • superb

2. Having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence

  • "Some men dislike brainy women"
  • "A brilliant mind"
  • "A brilliant solution to the problem"
    synonym:
  • brainy
  • ,
  • brilliant
  • ,
  • smart as a whip

3. Characterized by grandeur

  • "The brilliant court life at versailles"
  • "A glorious work of art"
  • "Magnificent cathedrals"
  • "The splendid coronation ceremony"
    synonym:
  • brilliant
  • ,
  • glorious
  • ,
  • magnificent
  • ,
  • splendid

4. Having striking color

  • "Bright dress"
  • "Brilliant tapestries"
  • "A bird with vivid plumage"
    synonym:
  • bright
  • ,
  • brilliant
  • ,
  • vivid

5. Full of light

  • Shining intensely
  • "A brilliant star"
  • "Brilliant chandeliers"
    synonym:
  • brilliant

6. Clear and sharp and ringing

  • "The bright sound of the trumpet section"
  • "The brilliant sound of the trumpets"
    synonym:
  • bright
  • ,
  • brilliant

Examples of using

The dance was the most brilliant affair of the season.
Smiling cheerfully, the two began to walk off into their brilliant future.
It is because light travels faster than sound that some people look brilliant before sounding stupid.