j. bright


John, 1811–89, British statesman and economist.
Richard, 1789–1858, English physician.
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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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