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brilliant

[bril-yuh nt] /ˈbrɪl yənt/
adjective
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 of several varieties of the brilliant cut.
7.
Printing. a size of type about 3½-point.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < French brillant shining, present participle of briller < Italian brillare to glitter (perhaps derivative of an expressive root); see -ant
Related forms
brilliantly, adverb
brilliantness, noun
overbrilliant, adjective
overbrilliantly, adverb
quasi-brilliant, adjective
quasi-brilliantly, adverb
unbrilliant, adjective
unbrilliantly, adverb
unbrilliantness, noun
Synonyms
1. See bright.
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British Dictionary definitions for brilliant

brilliant

/ˈbrɪljənt/
adjective
1.
shining with light; sparkling
2.
(of a colour) having a high saturation and reflecting a considerable amount of light; vivid
3.
outstanding; exceptional: a brilliant success
4.
splendid; magnificent: a brilliant show
5.
of outstanding intelligence or intellect: a brilliant mind, a brilliant idea
6.
(music)
  1. (of the tone of an instrument) having a large proportion of high harmonics above the fundamental
  2. Also brilliant (French) (brijɑ̃), brilliante (French) (brijɑ̃t). with spirit; lively
noun
7.
Also called brilliant cut
  1. a popular circular cut for diamonds and other gemstones in the form of two many-faceted pyramids (the top one truncated) joined at their bases
  2. a diamond of this cut
8.
(formerly) a size of a printer's type approximately equal to 4 point
Derived Forms
brilliantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French brillant shining, from briller to shine, from Italian brillare, from brilloberyl
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Word Origin and History for brilliant
adj.

1680s, from French brilliant "sparkling, shining" present participle of briller "to shine" (16c.), from Italian brillare "sparkle, whirl," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *berillare "to shine like a beryl," from berillus "beryl, precious stone," from Latin beryllus (see beryl). In reference to diamonds (1680s) it means a flat-topped cut invented 17c. by Venetian cutter Vincenzo Peruzzi.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brilliant

brilliant

interjection

Excellent: Go outside for lunch? Brilliant!


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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brilliant in Technology


One of five pedagogical languages based on Markov algorithms, used in ["Nonpareil, a Machine Level Machine Independent Language for the Study of Semantics", B. Higman, ULICS Intl Report No ICSI 170, U London (1968)].
See also Diamond, Nonpareil, Pearl, Ruby.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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