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radiating or reflecting light; luminous; shining:
The bright coins shone in the gloom.
filled with light:
The room was bright with sunshine.
vivid or brilliant:
a bright red dress; bright passages of prose.
quick-witted or intelligent:
They gave promotions to bright employees.
clever or witty, as a remark:
Bright comments enlivened the conversation.
animated; lively; cheerful:
a bright and happy child; a bird’s bright song.
characterized by happiness or gladness:
All the world seems bright and gay.
favorable or auspicious:
bright prospects for the future.
radiant or splendid:
the bright pageantry of court.
illustrious or glorious, as an era:
the bright days of the Renaissance.
clear or translucent, as liquid:
The bright water trickled through his fingers.
having a glossy, glazed, or polished finish.
intensely clear and vibrant in tone or quality; clear and sharp in sound:
a bright singing voice.

the automobile or truck headlights used for driving at night or under conditions of decreased visibility.
the brighter level of intensity of these lights, usually deflected upward by switching on a bulb in the headlamp that strikes the lens at a different angle.

flue-cured, light-hued tobacco.
an artist’s paintbrush having short, square-edged bristles.
Archaic. brightness; splendor.
in a bright manner; brightly.
John, 1811–89, British statesman and economist.
Richard, 1789–1858, English physician.
Contemporary Examples

Cannes’ Eight Buzziest Films Anne Thompson May 18, 2009
Phillip Lim’s Force of Nature Erin Cunningham September 8, 2013
Graffiti Saved This Belgian Ghost Town from Government Bulldozers Nina Strochlic June 19, 2014
You Don’t Make Peace With Your Friends Emily L. Hauser March 22, 2012
‘American Idol’s’ Gurpreet Singh Sarin on Singing His Way Past Stereotypes Simran Jeet Singh February 13, 2013

Historical Examples

Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.

emitting or reflecting much light; shining
(of colours) intense or vivid
full of promise: a bright future
full of animation; cheerful: a bright face
(informal) quick witted or clever: a bright child
magnificent; glorious: a bright victory
polished; glistening: a bright finish
(of the voice) distinct and clear
(of a liquid) translucent and clear: a circle of bright water
bright and early, very early in the morning
a thin flat paintbrush with a straight sharp edge used for highlighting in oil painting
(poetic) brightness or splendour: the bright of his armour
brightly: the fire was burning bright
John. 1811–89, British liberal statesman, economist, and advocate of free trade: with Richard Cobden he led the Anti-Corn-Law League (1838–46)

bright and early
bright idea
bright side


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