Meaning of “brilliant” in the English Dictionary

"brilliant" in English

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uk /ˈbrɪl.jənt/ us /ˈbrɪl.jənt/

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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adverb uk /ˈbrɪl.jə us /ˈbrɪl.jə


He seems to do everything brilliantly - piano playing, skiing, sailing.

(Definition of “brilliant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈbrɪl·jənt/

brilliant adjective (INTELLIGENT)

extremely intelligent or highly skilled:

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.
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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