Definition of brightly in English:



  • 1In a way that gives out or reflects much light.

    ‘diamond stud earrings shone brightly in his ears’
    ‘lanterns glow brightly in the dark hall’
    • ‘She was looking at the show below from somewhere far above, perhaps from the brightly shining moon.’
    • ‘At times, the sun shines so brightly through the airport that it blinds the camera.’
    • ‘The sun never shines in the laundry, while outside it beams brightly.’
    • ‘There are more troubles with outdoor, brightly sunlit scenes, where colors tend to look a bit faded.’
    • ‘I occupied myself in coaxing a very cross fire to burn, which at last it did, quite brightly.’
    • ‘His genius is pure beauty, a creative flame burning so brightly we can hardly look at it.’
    • ‘The picture is clean and vivid, with deep, flawless blacks and surfaces that gleam nearly as brightly as they did on the big screen in 1983.’
    • ‘We were able to get two tickets under the Olympic cauldron, where the flame was burning brightly.’
    • ‘The juxtaposition of scenes that are brightly lighted with those that are darker is expertly used to underpin the sense of dread.’
    • ‘The film noir narrative usually plays out not in the brightly lit kitchen of a comfortable home but at night in dimly lit back streets.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that is characterized by having vivid colours.
      ‘a very brightly patterned floral jumper’
      ‘brightly painted fingernails’
      • ‘She leaned six brightly hued 1-foot-cubed rectangular columns at 45-degree angles flush to both wall and floor.’
      • ‘From vibrant acrylics and mixed media paintings to brightly hued folk art, Christie's work is fresh and spontaneous.’
      • ‘The first of its two sections consisted of 12 brightly dyed goatskins pinned to the walls.’
      • ‘He began to develop a more individual style characterized by clean-edged, bold, brightly colored geometrical forms.’
      • ‘The cartoonish figures wear menacing facial expressions and incongruously clownish, brightly patterned clothing.’
      • ‘Even ivories may well have been painted brightly and gilded to enhance their beauty and value.’
      • ‘Both sets of paintings feature looping, ribbonlike gestures of brightly differing paints.’
      • ‘Sumida pottery is a heavy, brightly glazed pottery and often has human and animal figures attached as reliefs.’
      • ‘In the front foyer directly to the left, two large brightly painted pieces grab your attention.’
      • ‘Their brightly green patinated court building and library sport a peculiar fondness of decorative symbolism.’
  • 2In an intelligent and quick-witted way.

    ‘a wry, brightly written essay’
    • ‘The way they used everything possible to save their soldiers is written brightly in the history.’
    • ‘It is brightly analyzed by Mr. Fowler, you know.’
    • ‘He supports and participates in the corporate presentations, and brightly manages time to contribute to closing deals.’
    • ‘The tribunal could brightly conclude that his rights to religious belief and free speech were not violated.’
    • ‘This is a brightly written study of Irish life and scenery.’
    • ‘She offers brightly sardonic descriptions of everything from cuisine to her brother's marriage.’
  • 3In a cheerful and lively way.

    ‘chattering brightly’
    ‘those on stage smiled brightly at the crowd’
    • ‘The orchestra plays brightly, although about an hour's worth of the score is missing.’
    • ‘Especially telling were the colorful blends in "Soubrette Song," with brightly resonant trumpets.’
    • ‘His music sparkles quite as brightly as it did 250 years ago.’
    • ‘The main theme's bristling energy was brightly complemented by virtuoso scalic passages.’
    • ‘The complex chromatic, often dark harmony, and caressing Latin-American lilt was impelled brightly by the pianist.’
    • ‘Faust's friends, who assemble at his house on the night he is taken by Mephistopheles, arebrightly rendered by the symphony chorus.’
    • ‘In this brightly pointed account, the new piano part came across as fresh and distinct.’
    • ‘Pearl was looking brightly into her mother's face.’
    • ‘One of his darkest visions is also one of his most brightly playful.’
    • ‘The melody rang brightly from the upper gallery.’