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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.
  • Brightly.
  • 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)


  • The noun form of the term bright refers to a person whose worldview is naturalistic--free of supernatural and mystical elements.

    So what's so wrong with a "WYSIWYG" world?

  • His smile melted slowly, and with it went all that had made his expression bright and young.

    Gates of Paradise

  • The word "bright" suggests that James is almost assuredly thinking not just of any picture of Venice, but of Canaletto's Venice.

    Canaletto's paintings showed more than the tourist side of Venice

  • So that green little strip that moved on through there, that's probably what we call bright banding on the radar.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2010

  • And it would give back a very different signature, because most metal containers give back a very distinctive, very what they call bright signature, or a pang, whereas a human body, the return on the signal is not as strong.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2003

  • The gentleman was as diligent to do justice to his fine parts, as the lady to her beauteous form: you might see his imagination on the stretch to find out something uncommon, and what they call bright, to entertain her: while she writhed herself into as many different postures to engage him.

    The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant

  • The Gentleman was as diligent to do Justice to his fine Parts, as the Lady to her beauteous Form: You might see his Imagination on the Stretch to find out something uncommon, and what they call bright, to entertain her; while she writhed her self into as many different

    Spectator, April 13, 1711

  • Gentleman was as diligent to do Justice to his fine Parts, as the Lady to her beauteous Form: You might see his Imagination on the Stretch to find out something uncommon, and what they call bright, to entertain her; while she writhed her self into as many different Postures to engage him.

    The Spectator, Volume 1 Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essays

  • My opinion is that you need what I call a bright line.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • I mean … Kanako isn't really what you call a bright person.

    Anime Nano!


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  • A kinder, gentler atheist naturalist person who doesn't believe in supernatural occurrences. And is demanding special rights as a minority group.

    December 1, 2007