brilliant


brilliant
brilliantly, adv.brilliantness, n.
/bril"yeuhnt/, adj.
1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city.
2. distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.
3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.: a brilliant technician.
4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.
5. splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event.
n.
6. Jewelry. a gem, esp. a diamond, having any of several varieties of the brilliant cut.
7. Print. a size of type about 31/2-point.
[1675-85; < F brillant shining, prp. of briller < It brillare to glitter (perh. deriv. of an expressive root); see -ANT]
Syn. 1. See bright.

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