Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An edible flatfish (Scophthalmus rhombus) of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flatfish, Bothus or Rhombus lavis, of the family Pleuronectidæ.
  • noun A small and very bony flounder of New Zealand, Caulopsetta scaphus, of the family Pleuronectidæ. The name was transferred from the true brill of Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A fish allied to the turbot (Rhombus levis), much esteemed in England for food; -- called also bret, pearl, prill. See bret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of flatfish, Scophthalmus rhombus.
  • adjective UK, slang Wonderful, clever, amusing. Denotes approval of the noun it is applied to, comparable to "cool".

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun European food fish

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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Abbreviation of brilliant.

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  • brill is also used as a short form for the word "brilliant". I first heard it used in 1982, by Larry M. West, of Chicago, Illinois

    June 15, 2009