Definition of bright in English:

bright

adjective

  • 1Giving out or reflecting much light; shining.

    ‘the sun was dazzlingly bright’
    ‘her bright, dark eyes’
    • ‘And from it burst a bright light, shining and sparkling with all colors of the rainbow.’
    • ‘A bright light shines from behind and the silver armor is put on her.’
    • ‘He is, however, one to watch because he shines a bright light on the central paradox that haunts politics.’
    • ‘It started to rise, and a bright light shined through what was opening.’
    • ‘The bright light reflected off her shirt and I winced at the sight.’
    • ‘Her dark eyes were bright with reflected light, and her cheeks were rosy.’
    • ‘Then the door opened, and a bright light shone in my eyes.’
    • ‘His dark eyes were reflecting the bright flashing lights of the carnival, and he looked like the most adorable puppy.’
    • ‘A bright light was shining on him, and all he could think of was how stereotypically cliché this was.’
    • ‘The sun was bright and shone through Jim's window sternly, as if warning that it was time to get out of bed.’
    • ‘Not only has she maintained it, but she has kept it bright and shining, untarnished by time.’
    • ‘The door opened and a bright light shone into the dimly lit room.’
    • ‘The trio traveled down a wide silver corridor, bathed in bright light that reflected from the metal floor.’
    • ‘The door to my cell was flung open and a bright light was shined in.’
    • ‘She doesn't recognize the drab room with the bright morning light shining in through the narrow gap in the curtains.’
    • ‘Soon enough, Raymond reached the hospital, its lights shone bright into his eyes, blinding him.’
    • ‘The cannon twitched, and an intense bright light shone from within the barrel.’
    • ‘Some filmmakers shine a bright light that blurs the intimate, the indistinct and the fugitive.’
    • ‘A bright light shone in my eyes and I squinted, temporarily blinded.’
    • ‘The thick foliage wouldn't allow the moon's bright light to shine through.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
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    1. 1.1 Full of light.
      ‘the rooms are bright and spacious’
      • ‘For the first time, she looked innocent, her bright eyes full of light.’
      • ‘This room is bright and spacious, with lots of light coming in through two windows.’
      • ‘It has 148 square metres of bright and spacious accommodation.’
      • ‘Unlike its rough-hewn ancestors, the cabin feels bright and spacious.’
      • ‘The shiny exterior glimmered in the lights of the bright room and reflected each of their faces in a warped way.’
      • ‘At 8: 00 Ember sat down at a cold desk in the back of a bright room full of chemicals and beakers.’
      • ‘The nine other rooms above the restaurant are comfortable, bright and spacious, but only four have lake views.’
      • ‘The bathroom was bright, and spacious, with twin basins and a decent range of toiletries.’
      • ‘The intense bright of the chamber and the nothingness in the surround was unnerving.’
      • ‘The kitchen cum dining room is spacious and bright.’
      • ‘It was bright, full of pretty things, and I was her new prize.’
      • ‘The bar was stuffy, bright and full of the mixed odors of beer, smoke, and unwashed bodies.’
      • ‘Through these, Wilton could see a bright, spacious lobby.’
      • ‘They glow in the sun in an area of London bright with light reflected from surrounding water and huge sky.’
      • ‘The rooms are bright, spacious, spotless and reasonably priced.’
      • ‘The room was bright and full of sunshine, the light-catchers sending shards of rainbows all over the room.’
      • ‘This house is bright, comfortable and full of character.’
      • ‘While the external courtyards are contained and intimate, the principal internal space is spacious and bright.’
      • ‘Haig was taking full advantage of the bright conditions at night for prospecting expeditions.’
      • ‘The living room is bright and spacious with 11 foot high ceilings.’
      full, complete, total, clear, plain, undiminished
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    2. 1.2 (of a period of time) having sunny, cloudless weather.
      ‘the long, bright days of June’
      • ‘Keep this in mind, slow down, and make sure you bring your sunglasses on those bright summer days.’
      • ‘The day was bright, and surprisingly sunny for the time of year.’
      • ‘It was a sunny, bright day without a cloud in the azure sky.’
      • ‘It was a warm day already, a bright day at the height of summer.’
      • ‘There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the day was bright and sunny.’
      • ‘It was a bright day, yet the cool breeze and winter chill kept the temperature down.’
      • ‘On a bright day, they bring welcome sunshine into the loft.’
      • ‘It was a bright summer day and all the preparations for the attack had been made.’
      • ‘The sun was setting after a really bright autumn day, so a luxurious ruby sunset enveloped the sky.’
      • ‘The sun was nearly blinding, but it made for a gloriously bright day.’
      • ‘I played back the images on my LCD screen, but I couldn't see them very well because the day was too bright.’
      • ‘A butterfly rested on the petals of a brilliant red flower, sipping nectar peacefully on a bright summer day.’
      • ‘Time ebbed away as they traveled, the bright day growing older.’
      • ‘The ash had stopped falling and the day was bright and beautiful, and everyone was outside.’
      • ‘It took off into the bright summer day and veered erratically around the trees and flowers.’
      • ‘… It had been an unusually chilly day in the country for the bright summer season.’
      • ‘She had just woken up and the day was bright, sunny and full of promise.’
      • ‘The day was bright and sunny as I walked swiftly towards the hospital.’
      • ‘It was a bright day and many different people were around enjoying the weather.’
      sunny, sunshiny, cloudless, unclouded, clear, fair, fine
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    3. 1.3 (of colour) vivid and bold.
      ‘the bright green leaves’
      • ‘Her hair was weird, though - bright purple and green with blonde streaks.’
      • ‘This particular painting was full of bright colors and happiness.’
      • ‘There are no bright colours, only shadowy hues of brown and grey.’
      • ‘Colors showed small signs of fading, though were generally bright and full.’
      • ‘Their psychedelic element is heightened by bright, bright colour, like turquoise greens and those hot pinks.’
      • ‘Commonly seen white flowers cover the foliage, but a striking bright purple is also available.’
      • ‘She was certainly beautiful, with her bright red hair which shone like the sun and her burnt-red eyes.’
      • ‘She wears the same bright red cowboy boots every week.’
      • ‘Bluer than a sapphire, bluer than the sky, just a bright intense, perfect blue.’
      • ‘Behind is a huge, bright yellow full moon, and the grassy field underfoot is composed of green, blue, and brown.’
      • ‘The costumes and set design are stylish and impressive, full of bright colors and wonderfully authentic period detail.’
      • ‘It was a beautiful weekend; the sun was shining brilliantly in the bright blue sky.’
      • ‘Dave beamed at his little life-partner, his bright blue eyes full of pride.’
      • ‘Cwery's bright blue eyes were shining with tears, giving Brayden's heart a good wrench.’
      • ‘She was wearing all black and had bright red lipstick.’
      • ‘They are like cartoons, with their bold lines, bright colours and flat shapes.’
      • ‘The whole section was full of bright colors, some very unnatural.’
      • ‘Try bright colours like yellow or green on your cabinets or try a cherry red lacquer on pantry doors.’
      • ‘The basin was full of bright blue flames, and behind the basin stood a figure in a dark blue cloak.’
      • ‘Still looking peaceful, her fair skin shone under the bright white lights, her hair still silky about her.’
      vivid, brilliant, intense, striking, strong, eye-catching, glowing, bold, rich, flamboyant
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    4. 1.4 Having a vivid colour.
      ‘a bright tie’
      • ‘The blooms have bright clusters of yellow flowers with interesting leaflets.’
      • ‘Most sport large, bright, sturdy flowers on long, strong stems.’
      • ‘Alice sees this garden, with bright flowers and fountains, through the tiny door soon after she arrives in Wonderland.’
      • ‘It's just that the flowers are looking bright and beautiful.’
      • ‘The pathways were grassy, and tall grasses appeared between bright flowers.’
      • ‘It was a light red and full of bright materials, a complete opposite from the entrance hall.’
      • ‘He still wore the glasses, but the bright tie lay on the ground beside his chair.’
      • ‘This is a bright series full of a lot of color, and seems to be authored quite well.’
      • ‘In the current environment for fiction, he is like a bright Spanish flower.’
      • ‘But the nightfall was not something I enjoyed, away from the bright world of the flowers and trees.’
      • ‘Vegetable harvest coincides with bright autumn foliage, chrysanthemums, asters and sedum.’
      • ‘Butterflies and hummingbirds will be attracted to windows box planters or containers of bright flowers.’
      • ‘With tailored suits and ties as bright as a skyrocket, he's dapper.’
      • ‘The Saloon's doors open onto a terrace and wide lawn bordered by bright flowers.’
      • ‘Birds twittered gaily, nestled safe between the trees, and flowers unfolded into bright, matured blooms.’
      • ‘Her golden blond hair hung in perfect ringlets, always tied up with a bright ribbon.’
      • ‘With the other hand behind his back, he produced a bright bouquet of flowers with an exaggerated flourish.’
      • ‘Below the canopy are bright flowers and vines, a sprouting area for fruit seeds, benches, and a swing.’
      • ‘I must have spotted at least four of five types of palms, not to mention bright flowers and a variety of crotons.’
      • ‘Camouflage the twine with a bright ribbon tied in a knot.’
      colourful, bright-coloured, deep-coloured, vivid, brilliant, rich, vibrant
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  • 2Intelligent and quick-witted.

    ‘a bright idea’
    ‘a bright young journalist’
    • ‘Young Archie, bright and industrious, did well at school.’
    • ‘He's very bright and intelligent and he's, honestly, probably the most wonderful person to look up to.’
    • ‘On the second day of being stuck at home, I had the bright idea of taking a walk.’
    • ‘I can't remember whose bright idea it was to add the radio to our sad little party.’
    • ‘Somebody had the bright idea to push me so I fell onto David.’
    • ‘The problem he had, he was extremely intelligent, very bright, but he had a face that was just past puberty.’
    • ‘They were so bright and were full of laughter and mischief.’
    • ‘Whose bright idea was it to settle this far north, anyway?’
    • ‘Intellectually quick-witted and bright, with an abrasive edge, Reid did well in school.’
    • ‘His assistant, a pretty young woman, is bright, very capable, and eager to help.’
    • ‘I don't know when I had come up with that bright idea, but I changed rooms right away.’
    • ‘Always bright and perky, Robin has shone in all subjects.’
    • ‘Even the once bright look of intelligence had dulled.’
    • ‘Young and bright, she is the darling of her district today.’
    • ‘They need to know that nursing requires bright, intelligent individuals.’
    • ‘Consternation deepened; then somebody had a bright idea.’
    • ‘You aren't the only one who comes up with the bright ideas.’
    • ‘During that time, he found Bryce to be bright, highly intelligent, and for the most part, unafraid.’
    • ‘These are bright, intelligent characters and they speak a lot.’
    • ‘She's very smart, bright, witty, full of grace and elegance.’
    clever, intelligent, sharp, quick-witted, quick, smart, canny, astute, intuitive, acute, alert, keen, perceptive, ingenious, inventive, resourceful, proficient, accomplished, gifted, brilliant
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  • 3Cheerful and lively.

    ‘at breakfast she would be persistently bright and chirpy’
    ‘she gave a bright smile’
    • ‘As soon as she saw the bright, cheerful face, framed by soft blond curls, she giggled.’
    • ‘The programme will be bright, lively, entertaining and will provide real insights that go beneath the headlines.’
    • ‘We are talking about a young city, a bright, eclectic and sometimes confused place.’
    • ‘She shook the sadness out of her and forced herself to act bright and cheerful as she always did.’
    • ‘A tall brunette stood behind the front counter in the lobby, giving us a bright, cheerful smile.’
    • ‘The five weeks to the trial went slowly, the only bright period was a visit from Myra.’
    • ‘This being a kid's show, the artwork is bright and cheerful, and hypnotically intense.’
    • ‘She was bright and cheerful and for some reason she made him feel like a teenage boy who had a crush on her.’
    • ‘He had bright eyes, a lively expression, and a winsome smile.’
    • ‘Charging through the door were two bright and cheerful bundles of female energy.’
    • ‘Her mother was once a bright spirit, full of energy and laughter.’
    • ‘She said cheerfully, smiling that bright smile of hers again.’
    • ‘It was one of the really bright spots in my young girlhood.’
    • ‘As Thomas walked, passersby greeted him with a bright smile and a cheerful, ‘Merry Christmas!’’
    • ‘It was pretty hard not to be happy around someone like Jen who was always bright and cheerful.’
    • ‘Her fresh and natural look is enhanced by her bright smile.’
    • ‘She had a bright, lively smile and slightly browned skin from being out in the sun.’
    • ‘But she had a bright smile, cheerful face, and an eye for color, so she was excellent at helping out her customers.’
    • ‘It was lively and provided a bright atmosphere in the dimming sky.’
    • ‘He is someone who starts off bright, cheerful and confident and then has everything taken away from him.’
    • ‘Addie looked as bright and cheerful as ever, though she did look a lot more aged.’
    happy, genial, cheerful, cheery, jolly, joyful, glad, merry, sunny, light-hearted, blithe, beaming
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    1. 3.1 (of someone's future) likely to be successful and happy.
      ‘these young people have a bright future ahead of them’
      • ‘If this is where he's got already, his future looks bright indeed.’
      • ‘They're building a bright, glorious future here too.’
      • ‘There is no denying either the boy's talent or the bright future ahead of him.’
      • ‘Kathy was young, attractive, and had a bright future ahead of her.’
      • ‘Their popularity, intelligence, good looks and athletic success made their future together seem bright.’
      • ‘Tess ends her affair, and the future looks bright.’
      • ‘Pregnancy is one of the pivotal moments of a woman's life but not when you're young with a bright future ahead.’
      • ‘We need to maximize opportunity, growth, and health to have a future bright with possibilities.’
      • ‘Another factor to promise a bright future for online news is the potential adoption of broadband.’
      • ‘I believe we have a bright future ahead of us, and with that hope, I know we can succeed.’
      • ‘It was no feat of fortune-telling to predict a bright future for these talented singers.’
      • ‘At that time, they seemed to be fine, and they were expecting a bright future ahead of them.’
      • ‘I know I'm going to college and that I have a bright future ahead of me - I can already see the light.’
      • ‘And, you know, I kind of think this company has a pretty bright future ahead of it.’
      • ‘Nowadays, after a glossy makeover, it is a symbol of a thriving European city, facing a bright, optimistic future.’
      • ‘I feel like there is a bright future ahead for me.’
      • ‘I have a family, and until recently, I had a reputation, a career and a bright professional future.’
      • ‘Just by looking at him I knew that he was definitely going to have a really bright future ahead of him.’
      • ‘The view of the future was bright, and that prospect made me smile.’
      • ‘I suggest you look towards the bright future that lies ahead of you.’
      promising, rosy, full of promise, optimistic, hopeful, favourable, propitious, auspicious, providential, encouraging, lucky, fortunate, good, excellent, golden
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  • 4(of sound) clear, vibrant, and typically high-pitched.

    ‘her voice is fresh and bright’
    • ‘The overall sound was very bright, while it was bordering on the harsh.’
    • ‘The running order of the songs was what I was used to and the bright sound of everything.’
    • ‘The bubbly bright sound caught my attention, she was a beautiful woman.’
    • ‘In terms of commercial success, people will devour this bright, clean blues sound.’
    • ‘It's like floating through storm clouds, getting lost in the at-once bright and ominous sound.’
    • ‘It wasn't a bright sound like most bells, but more hollow and deep.’
    • ‘The sound is indeed bright and clear most of the time.’
    • ‘As the pace picks up, his second break adopts a bright, ringing sound.’
    • ‘That bright sound propelled him faster to the narrow staircase at the end of the hall.’
    • ‘Gwin looked up from her struggle with a giraffe and sounded a bright giggle.’
    • ‘The ensemble sound was bright, with the trumpets and woodwind producing particularly expressive sounds.’
    • ‘A bright laugh sounded behind him, and a rich, musical voice spoke behind him.’
    • ‘Carlile heard a sharp bright sound and saw that the heron had broken free from a thin layer of ice.’
    • ‘The sound is clear and bright, and the all-important dialogue is easily understood.’
    • ‘He felt her body moving with his in time to the music and heard her bright laughter as she tried to impress him.’
    • ‘The song's plea for action is underlined by their bright, clear choruses.’
    • ‘She sings the lead in a voice that's clear and bright, but also a little deadpan.’
    • ‘They were initially very simple two or three note sequences but their sound was never bright.’
    • ‘The sound is a little bright for my taste, but very clear.’
    • ‘Stephen woke up to sounds of bright laughter in the kitchen.’
    clear, vibrant, pellucid
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adverb

literary
  • Brightly.

    ‘a full moon shining bright’
    • ‘The sun was shining so bright I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open.’
    • ‘Some shine bright, but never seem to hang around for long.’
    • ‘It was unnerving how bright they shone and so I tried to look away.’
    • ‘What had been shining bright and brand spanking new was now a total catastrophic loss.’
    • ‘The sun is shining bright in the sky and nobody else is around.’
    brightly, brilliantly, vividly, intensely
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noun

  • 1Bold and vivid colours.

    ‘a choice of colours from pastels through to brights’
    • ‘The series spans extremes of smoldering darks and luminous brights.’
    • ‘Summer brights include red, various shades of pink, sunshine yellows and lots of pastel shades and candy colours.’
    • ‘Choose decorative pillows that are printed with enriched brights; blues and yellows, orange and greens.’
    • ‘The brights were light yellow, almost golden colored.’
    • ‘It works efficiently as a basic color and can be worn with pastels or brights as accents.’
    • ‘Highly saturated with pigment, brights are not diluted with black or white.’
  • 2North American Headlights switched to full beam.

    ‘he turned the brights on and we drove along the dirt road’
    • ‘Jack finally looked in his rearview mirror, and the woman began flashing her brights at him.’
    • ‘Judy did her usual flashing the brights, but Edward did not stop.’
    • ‘Finally, it got too dark to see as even my brights wouldn't show enough of the road to continue on safely.’
    • ‘She flashed her brights at him, and he went onto the shoulder.’
    • ‘Getting out of the car, I flipped the brights lever, illuminating the Don.’
    • ‘It is an atypical crime film, a sort of film noir with the brights on.’

Phrases

  • bright and early

    • Very early in the morning.

      ‘if you are up bright and early we will be able to set off in good time’
      • ‘The next morning Bonnie was up bright and early for her training.’
      • ‘Christmas Eve morning dawned bright and early and with it my airplane flight home to Seattle.’
      • ‘I want someone from the cottage on the hill working for me bright and early tomorrow morning.’
      • ‘Now, the actor kicked off his campaign bright and early in the morning by hitting the talk shows.’
      • ‘Morning came bright and early for the two lovers, a little too early for most normal human beings.’
      • ‘The next morning she was up bright and early so she could be absolutely perfect for the President.’
      • ‘The morning dawned bright and early and Kathryn was shaken awake by the woman.’
      • ‘Our coverage will be bright and early tomorrow morning here in the United States.’
      • ‘Desiree woke up bright and early on the morning of the 25th.’
      • ‘I'll see you bright and early tomorrow morning.’
  • (as) bright as a button

    • informal Intelligently alert and lively.

      ‘some of them are frail physically but are as bright as a button in their minds’
      • ‘He was sat up in bed, looking bright as a button, his face full of the square-jawed confident grin.’
      • ‘He was as bright as a button, full of humour and with a large dash of devilment thrown in!’
      • ‘Cole was bright as a button down the left and Babbel in the other direction made things interesting.’
      • ‘Gary's bright as a button; he's seven.’
      • ‘As she felt as bright as a button she decided to hunt for a while.’
  • bright lights

    • The glamour and excitement of city life.

      ‘they hankered for the bright lights of the capital’
      • ‘The attraction of the bright lights of the cities can detract from the demands of study.’
      • ‘You know, when I was a kid in Fort Worth I just wanted the bright lights and glamour.’
      • ‘He grew up in Calgary before heading off to the bright lights of New York back in 1994.’
      • ‘Lured by the bright lights of the big city, rural children are ditching a farming lifestyle.’
      • ‘In real life, every now and then, a jock will slip through the cracks and make it to the decadent bright lights.’
      • ‘But his father whisked him away from the bright lights, sending him to military school at La Fleche.’
      • ‘The filthy back streets of Victorian London are a far cry from the bright lights of Tinsel Town.’
      • ‘Lest a day looking at old buildings and ruins is too dry, head in the evening for the bright lights of Pera.’
      • ‘Her friends urged her to move to the bright lights of Hollywood or the hip, arty precincts of Santa Monica.’
      • ‘I had heard all the stories about bright lights, big city, and lots of parties.’
  • look on the bright side

    • Be optimistic or cheerful in spite of difficulties.

      ‘‘I expect I shall manage,’ she said, determined to look on the bright side’
      • ‘He was always the one who looked on the bright side, the optimistic one.’
      • ‘At first, anti-dam activists looked on the bright side.’
      • ‘She was too nice, happy, pleasant, and always looked on the bright side.’
      • ‘Even when her young brother died Emily comforted her friend and always kept her looking on the bright side.’
      • ‘‘Hey, well at least she is moving back,’ Stacey said looking on the bright side.’
      • ‘Hmmm, looking on the bright side: at least it is sunny!’
      • ‘The move might seem like nothing more than a disruption, but the director is looking on the bright side.’
      • ‘Looking on the bright side, at least this was less of a loss than the corresponding period last year.’
      • ‘While many reports characterized the election results as a backlash, the Human Rights Campaign is looking on the bright side.’
      • ‘With so many good things happening, it is so difficult not to look on the bright side, isn't it?’

Origin

Old English beorht, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

bright

/brʌɪt/