- adj. 灿烂的，闪耀的；杰出的；有才气的；精彩的，绝妙的
CET4 TEM4 IELTS 考 研 CET6
1、beryl "precious stone" => beryll-: beryll, shine like a beryl. => brill-: shine.
2、brill- => brilli- "shine" + -ant.
- brilliant:  Brilliant comes from French brilliant, the present participle of briller ‘shine’. 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 bērillus ‘precious stone’ (whence English beryl ). The source of the Latin noun was Greek bérullos, which may have come from one of the Indo-European languages of India (Sanskrit vaidūrya ‘cat’s-eye’ has been compared).
- brilliant (adj.)
- 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.
- 1. A brilliant shaft of sunlight burst through the doorway.
- 2. Jackie was running around with all these brilliant people.
- 3. He is a terrific athlete and a brilliant jumper.
- 4. Eric Cantona made the game safe with a brilliant opportunist goal.
- 5. Patrick Devlin was an outstanding judge and brilliant jurist.
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