brilliant[ bril-yuh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF brilliant
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The Eton Society of Gladstone's day was a brilliant group of boys.
On the contrary, he speedily inaugurated a new and brilliant era in finance.
On the 12th July, General Sumter commenced his brilliant career.
He felt that his visit had not been at all the brilliant success he had anticipated.
Cecilia wore a silver crown, in which glistened the most brilliant of pearls.
Nodding confirmation to the brilliant rejoinder, Janet fell again to work.
He was surrounded by half a dozen young men, some in brilliant uniforms.
I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep and brilliant green.
There was no moon, but the starlight was so brilliant that the snow crystals glistened in it.
But that was absurd, of course; brilliant men so seldom had clever children.
1680s, from French brilliant "sparkling, shining" present participle of briller "to shine" (16c.), from Italian brillare "sparkle, whirl," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *berillare "to shine like a beryl," from berillus "beryl, precious stone," from Latin beryllus (see beryl). In reference to diamonds (1680s) it means a flat-topped cut invented 17c. by Venetian cutter Vincenzo Peruzzi.
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