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

  • n. An edible flatfish (Bothas rhombus) of European waters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flatfish, Bothus or Rhombus lavis, of the family Pleuronectidæ.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European food fish


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of brilliant. (Wiktionary)



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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