Adjective "Brilliant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of light or colour) very bright.
  1. 'Galina opened it to see two brilliant diamond earrings sparkling back.'
  2. 'The same brilliant smile I've come to recognize, but with a hidden twist to it.'
  3. 'He slowly opened his eyes and bright rays of brilliant light flashed into his eyes.'
  4. 'It shone under the brilliant lights of the city as it was held in a transparent cover.'
  5. 'One is also soothed and warmed by the brilliant sunshine that illuminates the painting.'
  6. 'The light was alone, shining its brilliant rays into the nothingness.'
  7. 'Sparks flew as brilliant lights flared in the distance.'
  8. 'Photo-flashes spat brilliant light at them when they left the theatre.'
  9. 'Within it, there are a few brilliant, crystal particles.'
  10. 'Emma raised her hand, admiring the enormous ring as it sparkled under the brilliant sunlight, flashing radiantly.'
Exceptionally clever or talented.
  1. 'the germ of a brilliant idea hit her'
  2. 'Ty's creating our creature and he's just brilliant.'
  3. 'There will just be some special scholarships for the very disadvantaged or the exceptionally brilliant.'
  4. 'Nevertheless, talented and brilliant men such as Miró started a downward spiral that ended in artistic anarchy.'
  5. 'He was just being mindful of his stature as an respectable and esteemed brilliant scientifically oriented mind.'
  6. 'He is the most lauded living American film-maker - a beacon of integrity as well as a brilliant talent.'
  7. 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?'
  8. 'We'll also be able to take advantage of some of Gotham's most brilliant magazine talent.'
  9. 'He could not be called one of those brilliant minds.'
  10. 'The young Lord Burlington was brilliant and precocious.'
  11. 'He was a wealthy young man, a brilliant battle commander, intelligent and witty.'
  12. 'This was a shame, because the show had a fine cast and scripts that occasionally verged on the brilliant.'
  13. 'His brief but brilliant career is resurfacing too.'
  14. 'But although this untimely death cut short a brilliant career, he still left his mark, both as a soldier and musician.'
  15. 'The essay is complex and enthralling, the writing brilliant, the characters utterly fascinating.'
  16. 'We'll definitely keep an eye on your brilliant career!'
  17. 'I shook my head, finding his suggestion brilliant.'
  18. 'It was a tough call, so Norman did what he had learned to do on all tough calls throughout his brilliant legal career.'
  19. 'Then a brilliant idea was formed: an art contest.'
  20. 'Franklin's career was brilliant from the very beginning.'
  21. 'If only all bars in the world were this brilliant.'
Excellent; marvellous.
  1. as exclamation '‘Brilliant!’ he declared excitedly'
  2. 'It is rock music played by rock fans bearing wicked smiles and it makes me feel brilliant.'
  3. 'The cast are brilliant; the set fantastic, the sound unbelievable and the lighting and costumes are very much on par.'


A diamond of brilliant cut.
  1. 'When the Prince was presented at court, it was noticed that he wore the portrait of the Empress and that it was ‘set round with brilliants.’'
  2. 'The headdress was an heirloom that mingled pearls with a few choice brilliants.'


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. noun

6. Jewelry. a gem, especially a diamond, having any

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be brilliant at things."

"people can be brilliant at jobs."

"sharks can be brilliant in quarters."

"people can be brilliant in/at/on days."

"people can be brilliant to people."

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Late 17th century: from French brillant ‘shining’, present participle of briller, from Italian brillare, probably from Latin beryllus (see beryl).