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1. The state or quality of being bright.
2. The effect or sensation by means of which an observer is able to distinguish differences in luminance.
3. The dimension of a color that represents its similarity to one of a series of achromatic colors ranging from very dim (dark) to very bright (dazzling).


1. the condition of being bright
2. (General Physics) physics a former name for luminosity4
3. (Psychology) psychol the experienced intensity of light


(ˈbraɪt nɪs)

1. the quality of being bright.
2. the luminance of a body that an observer uses to determine the comparative luminance of another body.
[before 950]




  1. Blazing like the windows of the city —James Dickey
  2. (He possessed a brainful of information,) bright and beautiful as diamonds swaddled in midnight-blue velvet —W. P. Kinsella
  3. Bright and light as the crest of a peacock —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  4. Bright and pleasing as a child’s rattle —Virginia Woolf
  5. Bright as a beach in the moonlight —Alfred Austin
  6. (An image came to me across the years,) bright as a coin from the mint —Norman Mailer
  7. Bright as a frog’s eyes —Hart Crane
  8. Bright as all between cloudless skies and windless streams —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9. Bright as a nettle rash —Diane Ackerman
  10. (Laugh … ) bright as a new ensign’s buttons —Frederic Wakeman
  11. Bright as a newly painted toy —Hugh Walpole
  12. Bright as an icon —Margaret Atwood
  13. Bright as any glass —Geoffrey Chaucer
  14. Bright as any meteor ever bred by the North Pole —Lord Byron
  15. Bright as a parakeet —Dame Edith Sitwell
  16. (Every day) bright as a postcard —Karl Shapiro
  17. Bright as a roomful of chrystal chandeliers —Anon
  18. Bright as a splinter from a glazier’s table —Beryl Markham
  19. (A face) bright as a waterdrop —Padraic Fallon
  20. Bright as day —Geoffrey Chaucer
  21. Bright as foil —Molly Giles
  22. Bright as freedom —Marge Piercy
  23. Bright as joy —Hartley Coleridge
  24. Bright as light —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  25. Bright as moonlight over snow —Wallace Stegner
  26. Bright as Spring —Walter Savage Landor
  27. (Eyes as) bright as the Dipper —Stephen Vincent Benét
  28. Bright as the fullest moon in blackest air —Arabian Nights
  29. Bright as the promises of a new administration —Elyse Sommer
  30. Bright as the promise of life on commencement day —Elyse Sommer
  31. Bright as the promise of a cloudless day —C. P. Wilson
  32. Bright as the raindrops and roses in June —Dame Edith Sitwell
  33. Bright as the world was in its infant years —John Banks
  34. Bright as truth —Barry Cornwall
  35. Bright like a brimming bowl of jewels —Peter De Vries
  36. Bright, like a flash of sunlight —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  37. Bright (eyes) like agate —D. H. Lawrence
  38. Bright like blood —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  39. Brightness … bright as dipper —Stephen Vincent Benet
  40. Brilliant as a postage stamp —Lawrence Durrell
  41. (Eyes) brilliant as fire —Nadine Gordimer
  42. [Oranges and grapefruits] brilliant as planets —Cynthia Ozick
  43. Brilliant as the stars —Ouida
  44. Brilliant as the sun —Slogan, Lustberg-Nast, Lustray shirts
  45. Brilliant like a Chinese porcelain —W. Somerset Maugham
  46. Brilliantly, gaudily colored as a Gypsy camp —Kate Simon
  47. Dazzled the eyes like a second noonday sun —Edna Ferber
  48. Growing brighter and brighter like a forest after a rain —Denis Johnson
  49. Lights up like a Star Wars pinball machine —Marge Piercy
  50. [Face] light up like a bonfire of joy —Carl Sandburg
  51. Vivid as sun through a thin brown bottle —Reynolds Price
  52. Vivid as the granules of paint in a Dubuffet —John Updike
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
lightness, light - the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
brilliance, glare, blaze - a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted; "a glare of sunlight"
dazzle - brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily
glisten, glister, glitter, sparkle, scintillation - the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
flash - a momentary brightness
glint - a spatially localized brightness
iridescence, opalescence - the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, effulgence, radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
brilliancy, luster, splendor, splendour, lustre - a quality that outshines the usual
dullness - a lack of visual brightness; "the brightness of the orange sky was reflected in the dullness of the orange sea"
2.brightness - intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
3.brightness - the quality of being luminousbrightness - the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
illuminance, illumination - the luminous flux incident on a unit area
incandescence - light from heat
glow, luminescence - light from nonthermal sources


1. vividness, richness, intensity, brilliance, splendour, resplendence You'll be impressed with the brightness of the colors.
2. light, shine, sparkle, glare, brilliance, radiance, luminosity, incandescence, effulgence, refulgence An astronomer can determine the brightness of each star.
light dullness, dimness
3. intelligence, intellect, brains (informal), awareness, sharpness, alertness, cleverness, quickness, acuity, brain power, smarts (slang, chiefly U.S.), smartness Her brightness seemed quite intimidating to me.
لَمَعان، إشْراق، سُطوع
ljómi, birta


A. N
1. [of light, sun, fire, eyes, metal] → brillo m, resplandor m; [of morning, day] → claridad f, luminosidad f; [of colour] → viveza f
2. (= cheerfulness) → alegría f, animación f
3. (= cleverness) → inteligencia f
4. (= promise) [of future, prospects] → lo prometedor
B. CPD brightness control N (TV) → botón m de ajuste del brillo


[ˈbraɪtnɪs] n
[colour] → éclat m
[star] → luminosité f
[light] → intensité fbright spark npetit(e) futé(e) m/f


(of light, fire)Helligkeit f; (of colour)Leuchten nt; (of sunshine, star also, eyes, gem)Strahlen nt; (of day, weather)Heiterkeit f; (of reflection)Stärke f; (of metal)Glanz m; brightness controlHelligkeitsregler m
(= cheerfulness: of person, smile) → Fröhlichkeit f, → Heiterkeit f
(= intelligence, of person) → Intelligenz f; (of child)Aufgewecktheit f
(of prospects)Freundlichkeit f; the brightness of the futuredie glänzende Zukunft


[ˈbraɪtnɪs] n (of room) → luminosità; (of eyes, star) → lucentezza; (of sunshine) → splendore m; (of flame, colour) → vivacità


(brait) adjective
1. shining with much light. bright sunshine.
2. (of a colour) strong and bold. a bright red car.
3. cheerful. a bright smile.
4. clever. bright children.
ˈbrightly adverb
ˈbrightness noun
ˈbrighten verb
(often with up) to make or become bright or brighter. The new wallpaper brightens up the room.
References in classic literature ?
For Amy's face was full of the soft brightness which betokens a peaceful heart, her voice had a new tenderness in it, and the cool, prim carriage was changed to a gentle dignity, both womanly and winning.
Robert's going had some way taken the brightness, the color, the meaning out of everything.
According to the orders of the preceding night, the heavy sleep of the army was broken by the rolling of the warning drums, whose rattling echoes were heard issuing, on the damp morning air, out of every vista of the woods, just as day began to draw the shaggy outlines of some tall pines of the vicinity, on the opening brightness of a soft and cloudless eastern sky.
Not merely was there a delight in the flower's perfume, or pleasure in its beautiful form, and the delicacy or brightness of its hue; but Clifford's enjoyment was accompanied with a perception of life, character, and individuality, that made him love these blossoms of the garden, as if they were endowed with sentiment and intelligence.
The decision once made, a glow of strange enjoyment threw its flickering brightness over the trouble of his breast.
The fireflies, too, which sparkled most vividly in the darkest places, now and then startled him, as one of uncommon brightness would stream across his path; and if, by chance, a huge blockhead of a beetle came winging his blundering flight against him, the poor varlet was ready to give up the ghost, with the idea that he was struck with a witch's token.
The old trees, the thick shrubbery, made a great and pleasant shade, but it was all suffused with the brightness of the hot, still hour.
But while hapless Dough-Boy was by nature dull and torpid in his intellects, Pip, though over tender-hearted, was at bottom very bright, with that pleasant, genial, jolly brightness peculiar to his tribe; a tribe, which ever enjoy all holidays and festivities with finer, freer relish than any other race.
Had his wife been a whole woman, she might yet have done something--as woman can--to mend the broken threads of life, and weave again into a tissue of brightness.
And as for the uniforms of the soldiers, they were newness and brightness carried to perfection.
The same books, the same passages were idolized by each-- or if any difference appeared, any objection arose, it lasted no longer than till the force of her arguments and the brightness of her eyes could be displayed.
such spots are there on the disc of the clearest planet; and eyes like Miss Scatcherd's can only see those minute defects, and are blind to the full brightness of the orb.