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English

Etymology

Old English bryht, by metathesis from beorht, from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz, *berxiaz, from Proto-Germanic *berkhiaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg-. Cognate with Scots bricht, Upper High German Bericht, Dutch bericht, brecht; Norwegian bjart; Icelandic bjartur, French brillant, Spanish brillante, Lithuanian breksta; Welsh berth; Sanskrit bhrajate. Related to bert, Bert.

Pronunciation

Adjective

bright (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
bright

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark.
    Could you please dim the light? It's way too bright.
  2. Intelligent, brilliant.
    He's very bright. He was able to solve the problem without my help.
  3. Vivid, colourful, brilliant.
  4. Happy.

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Noun

Singular
bright

Plural
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bright ({{{1}}})
  1. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
  2. A neologism intended as a positive-sounding umbrella term to describe various kinds of non-religious and non-superstitious people. (There is a Wikipedia article on this usage.)
    Definition A person whose world view is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic world view. (2003, Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell)

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