brilliant

\ \ [17] Brilliant comes from French brilliant, the present participle of brillershine’.
\ \ French borrowed the verb from Italian brillare, but it is not altogether clear where Italian got it from. One theory is that it came from Vulgar Latin *bērillāre, a derivative of bērillusprecious stone’ (whence English beryl [13]).
\ \ The source of the Latin noun was Greek bérullos, which may have come from one of the Indo-European languages of India (Sanskrit vaidūryacat’s-eye’ has been compared).

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  • brilliant — 1680s, from Fr. brilliant sparkling, shining prp. of briller to shine (16c.), from It. brillare sparkle, whirl, perhaps from V.L. *berillare to shine like a beryl, from berillus beryl, precious stone, from L. beryllus (see BERYL (Cf. beryl)). In… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • brilliant — 1 radiant, luminous, *bright, effulgent, lustrous, refulgent, beaming, lambent, lucent, incandescent Analogous words: flashing, scintillating, sparkling, gleaming, glittering, coruscating (see FLASH vb): blazing flaming, flaring, glowing (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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