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Meaning of bright by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 ) .


    • enPR: brīt, IPA: /bɹaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /braIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt


    bright ( comparative brighter, superlative brightest )

    1. Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark .
      Could you please dim the light? It's way too bright .
    2. Intelligent, brilliant .
      He's very bright. He was able to solve the problem without my help .
    3. Vivid, colourful, brilliant .
      The orange and blue walls of the sitting room were much brighter than the dull grey walls of the kitchen .
    4. Happy .
      I woke up today feeling so bright that I decided to have a little dance .


    • See also Wikisaurus:intelligent

    See also


    bright ( plural: brights )

    1. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head .
    2. 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. )
      Definition A person whose world view is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic world view. ( 2003, Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell )


Explanation of bright by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. with brightness

    2. the windows glowed jewel bright
    1. full or promise

    2. had a bright future in publishing
    3. having lots of light either natural or artificial

    4. the room was bright and airy
      a stage bright with spotlights
    5. emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

    6. the sun was bright and hot
      a bright sunlit room
    7. not made dim or less bright

    8. having striking color

    9. bright dress
    10. splendid

    11. the bright stars of stage and screen
      a bright moment in history
      the bright pageantry of court
    12. characterized by happiness or gladness

    13. bright faces
      all the world seems bright and gay
    14. characterized by quickness and ease in learning

    15. some children are brighter in one subject than another
    16. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing

    17. bright silver candlesticks
    18. clear and sharp and ringing

    19. the bright sound of the trumpet section

    Definition of bright by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bright v. i. See Brite, v. i.

    2. 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.

    3. Bright, n. Splendor; brightness. [Poetic]

      Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear. Milton.

    4. Bright, adv. Brightly. Chaucer.

      I say it is the moon that shines so bright. Shak.

    5. Brite, Bright v. t. To be or become overripe, as wheat, barley, or hops. [Prov. Eng.]