I. adjective Etymology: French brillant, present participle of briller to shine, from Italian brillare Date: 1696 1. very bright ; glittering <
a brilliant light
2. a. striking, distinctive <
a brilliant example
b. distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness Synonyms: see brightbrilliantly adverb II. noun Date: 1690 a gem (as a diamond) cut in a particular form with numerous facets so as to have special brilliance

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