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adjective brilliant pronunciation in British English /ˈbrɪljənt/
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  1. 1
    very intelligent
    a brilliant scientist
    1. a.
      very skilful, impressive, or successful
      It was a brilliant save by the goalie.
      a brilliant legal career
  2. 2
    extremely bright
    He’d polished the table to a brilliant shine.
  3. 3
    British informal extremely good or enjoyable
    The kids had a brilliant time.
    1. a.
      spoken used for showing that you are very pleased about something
      Oh brilliant, I’ve found my key!

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