bright (comparative brighter, superlative brightest)
- Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark.
- Could you please dim the light? It's far too bright.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0045 ↗:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
- The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright.
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 10, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
- The sun was bright o'erhead.
- Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
- He's very bright. He was able to solve the problem without my help.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[[Episode 16]]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
- —Ah, God, Corley replied, sure I couldn't teach in a school, man. I was never one of your bright ones, he added with a half laugh.
- Vivid, colourful, brilliant.
- The orange and blue walls of the sitting room were much brighter than the dull grey walls of the kitchen.
- 1709, Alexander Pope, Pastorals, Spring:
- Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew.
- Happy, in good spirits.
- I woke up today feeling so bright that I decided to have a little dance.
- Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; cheerful.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Be bright and jovial among your guests.
- Illustrious; glorious.
- the brightest annals of a female reign
- Clear; transparent.
- From the brightest wines / He'd turn abhorrent.
- (archaic) Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
- with brighter evidence, and with surer success
- See also Thesaurus:intelligent
- French: brillant, luisant, clair
- German: hell, glänzend, strahlend
- Italian: brillante, luminoso, lucente
- Portuguese: claro, brilhante, luminoso, radiante
- Russian: я́ркий
- Spanish: claro, brillante, resplandeciente, luminoso, lucio
- French: intelligent, brillant
- German: intelligent, brilliant
- Italian: brillante, intelligente
- Portuguese: brilhante, inteligente
- Russian: у́мный
- Spanish: brillante, inteligente, genial
- French: vivide, brillant
- German: lebhaft
- Italian: brillante, allegro
- Portuguese: vívido, alegre
- Russian: я́ркий
- Spanish: expresivo, vívido, vivo
bright (plural brights)
- An artist's brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
- (obsolete) splendour; brightness
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear.
- (neologism) A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.
- (US, in the plural) The high-beam intensity of motor vehicle headlamps.
- Your brights are on.