Main definitions of brill in English

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brill1

noun

  • A European flatfish that resembles a turbot.

    • ‘For the main, the Gardener had the roasted brill with scallops, leek risotto with barolo sauce.’
    • ‘The roasted brill with artichokes and baby potato gratin sounded particularly good.’
    • ‘A difficult matter, lots of choice - from braised oxtail to brill - and everything sounded so delicious’
    • ‘The lakes, rivers and bay all combine to provide the choicest seafood - brill, turbot and trout.’
    • ‘Here the lettuce is wilted in chicken stock and served as a brothy bed for a fine white fish such as brill.’

Origin

Late 15th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

brill

/brɪl/

Main definitions of brill in English

: brill1brill2

brill2

adjective

British
informal
  • Excellent; marvellous.

    ‘a brill new series’
    [as exclamation] ‘‘She says I can spend half-term with you.’ ‘Hey, brill!’’
    • ‘The game holds much resemblance to the brill Sci-Fi movies Back to the Future.’
    • ‘The decor is brill and the atmosphere on another level.’
    • ‘The music is always fantastic and the atmosphere is brill.’
    • ‘Customers are great, music's brill and the barstaff are the best in the city.’
    excellent, marvellous, superb, very good, first-rate, first-class, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, splendid, superlative, matchless, peerless
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Origin

1980s: abbreviation of brilliant.

Pronunciation:

brill

/brɪl/