shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous:
the brilliant lights of the city.
a brilliant performance by a young pianist.
having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.:
a brilliant technician.
strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright:
brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.
splendid or magnificent:
a brilliant social event.
Jewelry. a gem, especially a diamond, having any of several varieties of the brilliant cut.
Printing. a size of type about 3½-point.
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shining with light; sparkling
(of a colour) having a high saturation and reflecting a considerable amount of light; vivid
outstanding; exceptional: a brilliant success
splendid; magnificent: a brilliant show
of outstanding intelligence or intellect: a brilliant mind, a brilliant idea
(of the tone of an instrument) having a large proportion of high harmonics above the fundamental
Also brilliant (French) (brijɑ̃), brilliante (French) (brijɑ̃t). with spirit; lively
Also called brilliant cut
a popular circular cut for diamonds and other gemstones in the form of two many-faceted pyramids (the top one truncated) joined at their bases
a diamond of this cut
(formerly) a size of a printer’s type approximately equal to 4 point
brilliant cresyl blue
a cut intended to enhance the brilliance of a gem with the least possible sacrifice of weight, characterized by a form resembling two pyramids set base to base, truncated so as to give a broad table and a very small culet, and having from 18 to 104 facets, 58 being typical. Historical Examples A Text-Book […]
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