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BRILLIANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does brilliant mean? 

BRILLIANT (adjective)
  The adjective BRILLIANT has 6 senses:

1. of surpassing excellence
2. having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
3. characterized by grandeur
4. having striking color
5. full of light; shining intensely
6. clear and sharp and ringing

  Familiarity information: BRILLIANT used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRILLIANT (adjective)


Sense 1brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of surpassing excellence

Synonyms:

brilliant; superb

Context examples:

a brilliant performance / a superb actor

Similar:

superior (of high or superior quality or performance)


Sense 2brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence

Synonyms:

brainy; smart as a whip; brilliant

Context examples:

some men dislike brainy women / a brilliant mind / a brilliant solution to the problem

Similar:

intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)


Sense 3brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by grandeur

Synonyms:

magnificent; splendid; brilliant; glorious

Context examples:

the brilliant court life at Versailles / a glorious work of art / magnificent cathedrals / the splendid coronation ceremony

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 4brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having striking color

Synonyms:

bright; vivid; brilliant

Context examples:

bright dress / brilliant tapestries / a bird with vivid plumage

Similar:

colorful; colourful (having striking color)


Sense 5brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full of light; shining intensely

Context examples:

a brilliant star / brilliant chandeliers

Similar:

bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)


Sense 6brilliant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear and sharp and ringing

Synonyms:

brilliant; bright

Context examples:

the bright sound of the trumpet section / the brilliant sound of the trumpets

Similar:

reverberant; ringing (having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected)


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