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"Brilliant" is an adjective which is often translated as "brillante", and "shiny" is an adjective which is also often translated as "brillante". Learn more about the difference between "brilliant" and "shiny" below.
brilliant(
brihl
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yihnt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (emitting light)
a. brillante
The brilliant leaves of the maple stood out against the pine trees.Los hojas brillantes del arce se destacan contra los pinos.
The brilliant lights of Manhattan illuminated the sky at dusk.Las brillantes luces de Manhattan iluminaban el cielo al atardecer.
b. resplandeciente
The goblin couldn't avert his eyes from the knight's brilliant armor.El duende no podía apartar la mirada de la resplandeciente armadura del caballero.
c. radiante
The brilliant sunshine came streaming in through the window.La radiante luz del sol entraba a través de la ventana.
2. (very intelligent)
a. brillante
The 20th century birthed a generation of brilliant novelists.El siglo XX dio origen a una generación de novelistas brillantes.
b. genial
It's a brilliant movie, even more so because it's the director's first.Es una película genial, sobre todo porque es la primera que hace el director.
3. (splendid)
a. brillante
We can expect a brilliant future from such a promising young scientist.Esperamos un futuro brillante de un joven científico tan prometedor.
4. (vivid)
a. luminoso
She entered the room sporting a brilliant red dress.Entró a la sala luciendo un luminoso vestido rojo.
b. brillante
Warhol uses brilliant colors in most of his paintings.Warhol usa colores brillantes en la mayoría de sus pinturas.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fantastic) (United Kingdom)
a. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The concert last night was brilliant.El concierto de anoche estuvo genial.
b. fenomenal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
You need to watch this brilliant show.Tienes que ver esta serie fenomenal.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to express joy and excitement) (United Kingdom)
a. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
They have already fixed the water heater. - Brilliant!Ya arreglaron la caldera. - ¡Genial!
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (gem)
a. el diamante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Leo gave her an engagement ring with an enormous brilliant on it.Leo le regaló un anillo de compromiso con un diamante enorme.
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shiny(
shay
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ni
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. brillante
Mark got in his shiny red Ferrari and sped away.Mark subió a su Ferrari rojo brillante y salió a toda velocidad.
b. reluciente
The pickpocket was eyeing her shiny gold necklace.El carterista observaba su collar de oro reluciente.
c. lustroso
Alan was strutting his shiny loafers at the party.Alan lucía sus lustrosos mocasines en la fiesta.
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