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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective brilliant:

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Definition of the adjective brilliant

What does brilliant mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more brilliant / most brilliant

  1. of surpassing excellence
    • example: a brilliant performance
    • synonym of brilliant: superb
    • similar: superior
  2. having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
  3. characterized by grandeur
  4. having strong or striking color
  5. full of light; shining intensely
    • examples: a brilliant star | brilliant chandeliers
    • similar: bright
  6. clear and sharp and ringing
    • example: the brilliant sound of the trumpets
    • synonym of brilliant: bright
    • similar: reverberant

Alternative definition of the adjective brilliant


  1. shining brightly
  2. [context: of a colour] both light and saturated
    • [context: of a voice or sound] having a sharp, clear tone
      • [mostly, UK] of surpassing excellence
      • [mostly, UK] magnificent or wonderful
      • highly intelligent

      Definition of the noun brilliant

      What does brilliant mean as a name of something?

      noun - plural: brilliants

      1. a finely cut gemstone, especially a diamond, having many facets


      1. Brilliant is a town in Marion County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 762.
      2. Brilliant is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in eastern Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, United States. It was named after the glass factory that once was located in the town. Previous names include Philipsburg and La Grange. Its zip code is 43913. It is located along State Route 7.

      Phrases with Brilliant

      Phrases starting with the word Brilliant:

      1. Brilliant Glyph
      2. brilliant pebble
      3. Brilliant Campion
      4. Brilliant Sea Fingers
      5. Brilliant Red Dung Moss
      6. Brilliant Rummynose Tetra

      Phrases ending with the word Brilliant:

      1. Empress Brilliant
      2. Fawn-Breasted Brilliant
      3. Green-Crowned Brilliant
      4. Pink-Throated Brilliant
      5. Rufous-Webbed Brilliant
      6. Velvet-Browed Brilliant
      7. Black-Throated Brilliant
      8. Violet-Fronted Brilliant

      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Brilliant

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      Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

      Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

      Lamprocaulos Masters Restionaceae Lamprocaulos Masters Restionaceae Origins: From the Greek lampros "shining, brilliant, glossy" and kaulos "stem." Lamprothamnus Hiern Rubiaceae Origins: From the Greek lampros "shining, ...

      Google previewCollins Primary Illustrated Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries) (2015)

      by Collins Dictionaries

      SYNONYMS :brilliant, dazzling 2 clever • That's a bright idea. SYNONYMS : intelligent...

      Google previewHelm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (2010)

      by James A. Jobling

      lampros brilliant, shining, glittering, radiant. Lampraster (syn. Heliodoxa) Gr. lampros brilliant; aste#r star. Lampribis Gr. lampros brilliant, bright; ibis ibis. lamprocephalus Gr. lampros shining; -kephalos -headed ...

      Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

      by Barbara Kipfer

      alert, animated, apt, beamy, blazing, brilliant, cheerful, cheery, clear, clever, cloudless, colorful, flashing, forward, fresh, gay, glad, gleaming, glistening, glittering, illustrious, intelligent, light, lively, lucent, lucid, luminous, optimistic, precocious, ...

      Google previewDictionary of Gems and Gemology (2013)

      by Mohsen Manutchehr-Danai

      bright-line spectra — brilliant cut, bright line is seen crossing the dark scale at the position where the refractive indices of gemstone appear. — Beck line method, bright-line spectra. bright-line spectra; observation the red flames from lithium ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

      by George A. Burdock

      ammonium; Disulphine lake blue EG; Dolkwal brilliant blue; E; ...

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      Texas State Players Perform Brilliant Sign Language Version of "Uptown Funk"

      Brian Guendling is awesome. Guendling, a defensive end at Texas State, is the son of Mike Guendling, the 33rd pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. Brian has two uncles ...

      Quotes about Brilliant

      Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says. Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences, because he's so brilliant. (Brian De Palma)
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      Scrabble value of B3R1I1L1L1I1A1N1T1

      The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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