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"brilliant" in British English

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brilliantadjective

uk   us   /ˈbrɪl.i.ənt/
  • brilliant adjective (VERY GOOD)

A2 UK informal very good: "Did you like the ​film?" "I ​thought it was brilliant." She's got a brilliant ​sense of ​humour. Oh, brilliant! My parcel's ​arrived.

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brilliantly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 He ​seems to do everything brilliantly - ​pianoplaying, ​skiing, ​sailing.
(Definition of brilliant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brilliant" in American English

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brilliantadjective

 us   /ˈbrɪl·jənt/
  • brilliant adjective (INTELLIGENT)

extremelyintelligent or ​highlyskilled: a brilliant ​plan Armstrong was one of the most brilliant ​musicians in ​jazz.
  • brilliant adjective (SHINING)

full of ​light, ​shining, or ​bright in ​color: The ​sky was a brilliant ​blue.
brilliantly
adverb  us   /ˈbrɪl·jənt·li/
Randy ​runs his ​company brilliantly.
(Definition of brilliant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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