adjective, brighter, brightest.
radiating or reflecting light; luminous; shining: The bright coins shone in the gloom.
filled with light: The room was bright with sunshine.
vivid or brilliant: a bright red dress; bright passages of prose.
quick-witted or intelligent: They gave promotions to bright employees.
clever or witty, as a remark: Bright comments enlivened the conversation.
animated; lively; cheerful: a bright and happy child; a bird's bright song.
characterized by happiness or gladness: All the world seems bright and gay.
favorable or auspicious: bright prospects for the future.
radiant or splendid: the bright pageantry of court.
illustrious or glorious, as an era: the bright days of the Renaissance.
clear or translucent, as liquid: The bright water trickled through his fingers.
having a glossy, glazed, or polished finish.
intensely clear and vibrant in tone or quality; clear and sharp in sound: a bright singing voice.
the automobile or truck headlights used for driving at night or under conditions of decreased visibility.
the brighter level of intensity of these lights, usually deflected upward by switching on a bulb in the headlamp that strikes the lens at a different angle.
flue-cured, light-hued tobacco.
an artist's paintbrush having short, square-edged bristles.
Archaic. brightness; splendor.
adverb, brighter, brightest.
in a bright manner; brightly.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English breht, beorht; cognate with Gothic bairht(s), Old Saxon ber(a)ht, Old High German beraht, Old Norse bjartr; Welsh berth splendid (< *berkto-); akin to Latin flagrāre to blaze (see flagrant), Albanian (i) bardhë white, Sanskrit bhrājate(it) shines

brightish, adjective
brightly, adverb
overbright, adjective
overbrightly, adverb
overbrightness, noun
superbright, adjective
unbright, adjective
unbrightly, adverb
unbrightness, noun

1. refulgent, effulgent, lustrous, lucent, beaming, lambent. Bright, brilliant, radiant, shining refer to that which gives forth, is filled with, or reflects light. Bright suggests the general idea: bright flare, stars, mirror. Brilliant implies a strong, unusual, or sparkling brightness, often changeful or varied and too strong to be agreeable: brilliant sunlight. Radiant implies the pouring forth of steady rays of light, especially as are agreeable to the eyes: a radiant face. Shining implies giving forth or reflecting a strong or steady light: shining eyes. 4. keen, discerning, sharp, sharp-witted, ingenious, clever. 8. promising, encouraging.

1. dull, dim. Unabridged
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bright (braɪt)
1.  emitting or reflecting much light; shining
2.  (of colours) intense or vivid
3.  full of promise: a bright future
4.  full of animation; cheerful: a bright face
5.  informal quick witted or clever: a bright child
6.  magnificent; glorious: a bright victory
7.  polished; glistening: a bright finish
8.  (of the voice) distinct and clear
9.  (of a liquid) translucent and clear: a circle of bright water
10.  bright and early very early in the morning
11.  a thin flat paintbrush with a straight sharp edge used for highlighting in oil painting
12.  poetic brightness or splendour: the bright of his armour
13.  brightly: the fire was burning bright
[Old English beorht; related to Old Norse bjartr, Gothic bairhts clear, Old High German beraht, Norwegian bjerk, Swedish brokig pied]

Bright (braɪt)
John. 1811--89, British liberal statesman, economist, and advocate of free trade: with Richard Cobden he led the Anti-Corn-Law League (1838--46)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bryht, by metathesis from beorht "bright; splendid; clear-sounding; beautiful; divine," from P.Gmc. *berhta- "bright" (cf. O.S. berht, O.N. bjartr, O.H.G. beraht, Goth. bairhts "bright"), from PIE base *bhereg- "to gleam, white" (cf. Skt. bhrajate "shines, glitters," Lith. breksta "to dawn," Welsh
berth "bright, beautiful"). Meaning "quick-witted" is from 1741.
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Example sentences for brightest
Contrast ratio the ratio of the intensity of the brightest bright to the darkest dark.
It contains the third brightest star in the night sky, arcturus.
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