Definition and Meanings for brilliant

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Brilliant is ranked 3,179 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of brilliant

adjective, present participle, noun

Etymology of brilliant

f. brillant, p. pr. of briller to shine or sparkle (cf. pr. & sp. brillar, it. brillare), fr. l. beryllus a precious stone of sea-green color, prov. it. brill. see beryl f. brillant. see brilliant, a.pos

Meaning of brilliant


as adjective, present participle

  • sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright; as, a brilliant star.
  • distinguished by qualities which excite admiration; splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents.
  • exceedingly intelligent, or of distinguished accomplishment in a field; -- as, a brilliant chemist.

as noun, adjective

  • a diamond or other gem of the finest cut, formed into faces and facets, so as to reflect and refract the light, by which it is rendered more brilliant. it has at the middle, or top, a principal face, called the table, which is surrounded by a number of sloping facets forming a bizet; below, it has a small face or collet, parallel to the table, connected with the girdle by a pavilion of elongated facets. it is thus distinguished from the rose diamond, which is entirely covered with facets on the surface, and is flat below.
  • the smallest size of type used in england printing.
  • a kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.
  • No antonyms for brilliant

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