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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: , present participle of briller 'to shine', from Italian brillare, probably from Latin beryllus; BERYL

brilliant

adjective
     
bril‧liant S3 W3
1

bright

brilliant light or colour is very bright and strong:
She closed her eyes against the brilliant light.
We sat outside in the brilliant sunshine.
She was dressed in brilliant white.
2

clever

extremely clever or skilful:
I think that's a brilliant idea.
a brilliant performance
a brilliant young musician
3

excellent

British English excellent:
4

successful

very successful:
He had a long and brilliant career.
The project was a brilliant success.
brilliantly adverb:
The sun was shining brilliantly.
The goalkeeper played brilliantly.
WORD FOCUS: good WORD FOCUS: good
very good: excellent, fantastic, wonderful, great, terrific, neat American English, superb, amazing, outstanding, brilliant, impressive, fine, first-class, out of this world

of good quality: high quality, top quality, superior, deluxe, classy

morally good: decent, virtuous, respectable, honourable British English/honorable American English, upright, beyond reproach


See also
good
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, garish disapproving, gaudy disapproving

having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured British English/multicolored American English


See also
colour
WORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent
similar words: clever especially BrE/smart especially AmE good at learning or understanding things quickly
bright
intelligent - used especially about young people
brilliant
a brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work
brainy
informal very intelligent and good at studying
gifted
a gifted child is extremely intelligent
wise
a wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice
cunning
/crafty good at using your intelligence to trick people

intelligent people: genius someone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas
intellectual
someone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level
intelligentsia
a country's intellectuals, considered as a single group


See also
intelligent

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