Brilliant Bril"liant (br[i^]l"yant), a. [F. brillant, p. pr. of briller to shine or sparkle (cf. Pr. & Sp. brillar, It. brillare), fr. L. beryllus a precious stone of sea-green color, Prov. It. brill. See {Beryl}.] 1. Sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright; as, a brilliant star. [1913 Webster]

2. Distinguished by qualities which excite admiration; splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents. [1913 Webster]

Washington was more solicitous to avoid fatal mistakes than to perform brilliant exploits. --Fisher Ames. [1913 Webster]

3. Exceedingly intelligent, or of distinguished accomplishment in a field; -- as, a brilliant chemist. [PJC]

Syn: See {Shining}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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