an event or a period of time that is more pleasant when everything else is unpleasant:
The only bright spot of the weekend was our trip to the theatre.
The sun shone brightly.
She smiled brightly.
WORD FOCUS: colour WORD FOCUS: colour a particular kind of colour:shade, hint, hue words for describing dark colours:dark, deep, rich words for describing light colours:light, pale, soft, pastel words for describing bright colours:bright, brilliant, vivid, garishdisapproving, gaudydisapproving having a lot of colours:colourful, multicolouredBritish English/multicoloredAmerican English ➔ See alsocolourWORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent similar words:cleverespecially BrE/smartespecially AmEgood at learning or understanding things quickly brightintelligent - used especially about young people brillianta brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work brainyinformalvery intelligent and good at studying gifteda gifted child is extremely intelligent wisea wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice cunning/craftygood at using your intelligence to trick people intelligent people:geniussomeone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas intellectualsomeone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level intelligentsiaa country's intellectuals, considered as a single group ➔ See alsointelligentWORD FOCUS: weather WORD FOCUS: weather good weather:sunny/fineused to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine nice/lovely/gloriousvery sunny and good brightif the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly there isn't a cloud in the skythe sky is completely clear dryif the weather is dry, it does not rain fairsunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts rain:wet/rainy/dampused to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain unsettledif the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains drizzlelight rain which consists of very small drops of water showera short period of rain downpoura short period when it suddenly rains very heavily it's pouring downBritish English/it's pouring rainAmerican Englishit is raining very hard it's drizzlingit is raining a little, with very small drops of rain snow:snowyused to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow sleeta mixture of snow and rain slusha mixture of partly melted snow and ice hail/hailstonesfrozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice blizzarda storm with a lot of snow and strong wind frostwhite powder that covers the ground when it is cold wind:windyused to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind blusteryvery windy breezea gentle pleasant wind hurricane(in the Atlantic Ocean)/typhoon(in the Pacific Ocean)a violent storm with extremely strong winds cloudy:cloudyused to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky grey/dullcloudy and not bright overcastif the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain hazynot clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke hot:boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot)extremely hot swelteringvery hot and humid warma little hot, in a way that is pleasant balmypleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing heatwavea period of unusually hot weather cold:freezing (cold)extremely cold arcticextremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow wintrycold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter crispif the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear chillya little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable coola little cold, in a way that is pleasant cold snap/cold spella period of unusually cold weather ➔ See alsoweather
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.