- enPR: brīt, IPA: /bɹaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /braIt/
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark .
- Intelligent, brilliant .
- Vivid, colourful, brilliant .
- Happy .
- See also Wikisaurus:intelligent
- An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head .
- A neologism intended as a positive-sounding umbrella term to describe various kinds of non-religious and non-superstitious people. ( There is a Wikipedia article on this usage. )
Old English bryht, metathesis of beorht, from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz ( compare Dutch brecht, Norwegian bjart ), from pre-Celtic/Germanic *bherhxgto ( compare Welsh berth 'beautiful' ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg- 'to gleam, whiten' ( compare Middle Irish brafad 'blink of an eye', Lithuanian brekšta 'to dawn', Russian brezg 'dawn, daybreak', Albanian bardhë 'white', Persian barâzîdan 'to shine', Sanskrit bhrájate ) .
bright ( plural: brights )
Explanation of bright by Wordnet Dictionary
- bright dress
- bright silver candlesticks
- Bright v. i. See Brite, v. i.
- Bright a. [OE. briht, AS. beorht, briht; akin to OS. berht, OHG. beraht, Icel. bjartr, Goth. baírhts. √94.]
1. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark.
The sun was bright o'erhead. Longfellow.
The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright. Drake.
The public places were as bright as at noonday. Macaulay.
2. Transmitting light; clear; transparent.
From the brightest wines
He 'd turn abhorrent. Thomson.
3. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, “bright beauty”.
Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky. Parnell.
4. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery.
Be bright and jovial among your guests. Shak.
6. Illustrious; glorious.
In the brightest annals of a female reign. Cotton.
7. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on. I. Watts.
8. Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance.
Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew. Pope.
☞ Bright is used in composition in the sense of brilliant, clear, sunny, etc.; as, “bright-eyed, bright-haired, bright-hued”.
bright side the positive or favorable aspects of a situation. -- to look on the bright side to focus the attention on favorable aspects of a situation; to minimize attention to possible negative or unfavorable factors in a situation.
Syn. -- Shining; splending; luminous; lustrous; brilliant; resplendent; effulgent; refulgent; radiant; sparkling; glittering; lucid; beamy; clear; transparent; illustrious; witty; clear; vivacious; sunny.
- Bright, n. Splendor; brightness. [Poetic]
Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear. Milton.
- Bright, adv. Brightly. Chaucer.
I say it is the moon that shines so bright. Shak.
- Brite, Bright v. t. To be or become overripe, as wheat, barley, or hops. [Prov. Eng.]
Definition of bright by GCIDE Dictionary