AskDefine | Define bright

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bright adj
1 emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room" [ant: dull]
2 having striking color; "bright greens"; "brilliant tapestries"; "a bird with vivid plumage" [syn: brilliant, vivid]
3 characterized by quickness and ease in learning; "some children are brighter in one subject than another"; "smart children talk earlier than the average" [syn: smart]
4 having lots of light either natural or artificial; "the room was bright and airy"; "a stage bright with spotlights"
5 made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow; "bright silver candlesticks"; "a burnished brass knocker"; "she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves"; "rows of shining glasses"; "shiny black patents" [syn: burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny]
6 splendid; "the bright stars of stage and screen"; "a bright moment in history"; "the bright pageantry of court"
7 not made dim or less bright; "undimmed headlights"; "surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed" [syn: undimmed] [ant: dimmed]
8 clear and sharp and ringing; "the bright sound of the trumpet section"; "the brilliant sound of the trumpets" [syn: brilliant]
9 characterized by happiness or gladness; "bright faces"; "all the world seems bright and gay"
10 abounding with sunlight; "a bright sunny day"; "one shining norming"- John Muir; "when it is warm and shiny" [syn: shining, shiny, sunshiny, sunny]
11 full or promise; "had a bright future in publishing"; "the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career" [syn: promising] adv : with brightness; "the stars shone brilliantly"; "the windows glowed jewel bright" [syn: brilliantly, brightly]

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English

Etymology

bryht, by metathesis from beorht, from , from , from . Cognate with Scots bricht, Upper High German Bericht, Dutch bericht, brecht; Norwegian bjart; Icelandic bjartur, French brillant, Spanish brillante, Lithuanian breksta; Welsh berth; Sanskrit rfscript Devanagari bhrajate. Related to bert, Bert.

Pronunciation

Adjective

en-adj er

Translations

Visually dazzling, luminous, radiant
Intelligent
Vivid
Happy
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Derived terms

Noun

  1. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
  2. A neologism intended as a positive-sounding umbrella term to describe various kinds of non-religious and non-superstitious people. (There is a Wikipedia article on this usage.)
    Definition A person whose world view is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic world view. (2003, Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell)

Extensive Definition

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People

Other uses

bright in German: Bright
bright in French: Bright
bright in Dutch: Bright

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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