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Definition of Brilliant


  1. Sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright; as, a brilliant star.
  2. Distinguished by qualities which excite admiration; splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents.
  3. A diamond or other gem of the finest cut, formed into faces and facets, so as to reflect and refract the light, by which it is rendered more brilliant. It has at the middle, or top, a principal face, called the table, which is surrounded by a number of sloping facets forming a bizet; below, it has a small face or collet, parallel to the table, connected with the girdle by a pavilion of elongated facets. It is thus distinguished from the rose diamond, which is entirely covered with facets on the surface, and is flat below.
  4. The smallest size of type used in England printing.
  5. A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.

Brilliant Quotations

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
Lucinda Franks

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Carl Jung

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
Winston Churchill

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
Salvador Dali

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. - Carl Friedrich Gauss
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
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Brilliant Translations

brilliant in Afrikaans is blink, pragtig, skitterend
brilliant in Dutch is glanzend, lumineus, briljant
brilliant in Finnish is loistava
brilliant in German is brillant
brilliant in Italian is geniale, fastoso
brilliant in Portuguese is brilhante
brilliant in Spanish is lucido, genial
brilliant in Swedish is spirituell, lysande, genial, snillrik
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