from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; shining.
- adj. Comparatively high on the scale of brightness.
- adj. Full of light or illumination: a bright sunny day; a stage bright with spotlights.
- adj. Characterizing a dyestuff that produces a highly saturated color; brilliant.
- adj. Glorious; splendid: one of the bright stars of stage and screen; a bright moment in history.
- adj. Full of promise and hope; auspicious: had a bright future in publishing.
- adj. Happy; cheerful: bright faces.
- adj. Animatedly clever; intelligent.
- adj. High and clear: the bright sound of the trumpet section.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark.
- adj. Intelligent, brilliant.
- adj. Vivid, colourful, brilliant.
- adj. Happy.
- n. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
- n. A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. See brite, v. i.
- adj. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark.
- adj. Transmitting light; clear; transparent.
- adj. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms.
- adj. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
- adj. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery.
- adj. Illustrious; glorious.
- adj. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
- adj. Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance.
- n. Splendor; brightness.
- adv. Brightly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Radiating or reflecting light; filled with light; brilliant; shining; luminous; sparkling: as, a bright sun.
- Transmitting light; clear; transparent, as liquors.
- Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eye; evident; clear.
- Resplendent, as with beauty; splendid.
- Illustrious; glorious: as, the brightest period of a kingdom.
- Having or marked by brilliant mental qualities; quick in wit; witty; clever; not dull: as, he is by no means bright; a bright remark; a bright book.
- Sparkling in action or manner; animated or animating; vivacious; lively; cheerful.
- Favorable; pleasing; auspicious: as, a bright prospect.
- In painting, luminous; glittering; full of light.
- Nautical, alert; vigilant.
- Synonyms Glowing, lustrous, gleaming, radiant, effulgent.
- Acute, intelligent, discerning.
- Promising, encouraging.
- n. Brightness.
- To make bright; brighten.
- See brite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. splendid
- adj. emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
- adj. characterized by quickness and ease in learning
- adj. having lots of light either natural or artificial
- adj. having striking color
- adj. full or promise
- adj. not made dim or less bright
- adj. clear and sharp and ringing
- adj. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
- adv. with brightness
- adj. characterized by happiness or gladness
Middle English, from Old English beorht.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English bryht, metathesis of beorht, from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (compare Dutch brecht, Norwegian bjart), from pre-Celtic/Germanic *bherhxgto (compare Welsh berth 'beautiful'), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg- 'to gleam, whiten' (compare Middle Irish brafad 'blink of an eye', Lithuanian brekšta 'to dawn', Russian brezg 'dawn, daybreak', Albanian bardhë 'white', Persian barâzîdan 'to shine', Sanskrit bhrájate). (Wiktionary)