[ UK /bɹˈɪlɪənt/ ]
[ US /ˈbɹɪɫjənt/ ]
  1. having strong or striking color
    a bird with vivid plumage
    brilliant tapestries
    bright dress
  2. characterized by grandeur
    magnificent cathedrals
    the splendid coronation ceremony
    the brilliant court life at Versailles
    a glorious work of art
  3. of surpassing excellence
    a superb actor
    a brilliant performance
  4. having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
    a brilliant mind
    a brilliant solution to the problem
    our project needs brainy women
  5. full of light; shining intensely
    brilliant chandeliers
    a brilliant star
  6. clear and sharp and ringing
    the bright sound of the trumpet section
    the brilliant sound of the trumpets
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How To Use brilliant In A Sentence

  • It's not bad but neither is it brilliant - which won't bother 99 per cent of buyers one jot as they are in it for the image.
  • The captain's armband must have special powers because he's been brilliant. Times, Sunday Times
  • Having drop-dead gorgeous, private, windowed offices makes it a lot easier to recruit the kinds of superstars that produce ten times as much as the merely brilliant software developers.
  • A few talented writers en dowed with originality and exceptional animation, a few brilliant efforts, isolated, without following, interrupted and recommenced, did not suffice to endow a nation with a solid and imposing basis of literary wealth. Literary and Philosophical Essays: French, German and Italian
  • Defensive tackle is a bit more of a crapshoot, but the one thing they must make sure of is that whomever they take has a brilliant mind.
  • Luke was a brilliant student despite the fact that he was a notorious slacker.
  • The requests were the old ones: portraits of pretty mistresses done up as Arcadian shepherdesses, Virgins with downcast eyes and brilliant blue cloaks, sentimentalised pictures of the Infant Christ.
  • Established couples let old regrets go and focus on a brilliant future together. The Sun
  • The group, composed of four brilliant and accomplished musicians playing the guitar, mandolin, bagpipe, piccolo and violin, will bring their highly original sound to the stage.
  • Their show consists of two hours of adult side-splitting comedy and brilliant live music.
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