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A term the British use to describe everything.
I's brilliant in't it? Right, yah, bloody brilliant. Wha' is? Oh, yah, right, brilliant. Bloody brillant.
door Lord Russell 12 augustus 2004

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An outstanding performance, concept, or product
Those burgers were simply brilliant!!!
door Splenda 21 juni 2001

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A word which in the past meant that something was exceptionally good, or to express great pleasure:

Its strength has been eroded by overuse, and it can now be used to respond to any mildly pleasing news. Somehow the extreme unctuousness and insincerity of this tends to go unrecognized or is an occasion for the self-gratifying feeling that one is being tolerant.
In the olden days:

Smith-"Everyone has the day off tomorrow!"
Jones-"Brilliant!"

Nowadays:

Waiter: "Are you ready to order?"
Customer: "err, yes..."
Waiter: "Brilliant!!!"
door Pistefka 24 september 2009

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A way to describe someone's awesomeness
E.g. Tara is the most brilliant person I have ever met
door flintpeng 28 april 2013

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The word used by Arthur Shappey in John Finnemore's, Cabin Pressure to describe everything that isn't his father.
"Polar bears, are BRILLIANT"

Alternatively, in regards to Gordon Shappey:

Arthur: He's ah-- he's ahh-- he's alright.
Martin: Oh god he must be aweful!
door MissOkidoke 9 oktober 2012

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1. The way someone is perceived by others as great
Tara is the most brilliant person I've ever met.
door Flintpeng 28 april 2013

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Adjective with shared origins and formal definitions with "bright" but with geographically varied differences in colloquial use:

A. United States: Intelligent, particularly in innovative or unique ways. Often used sarcastically for shining examples of outstanding and innovative stupidity.

B. Britain: Of very high quality in any way, in a manner or circumstance where that quality stands out.

C. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: Predominantly used in the sarcastic mode of the US sense.
US(direct): The marketing of sage as a recreational drug by calling it 'Sticky Purple Salvia' was brilliant.

US(sarcastic): Rick Santorum is brilliant to answer questions about contraception.

UK: The Doctor frequently says 'You're brilliant!" to people who have no idea why.

Canada: With P.M. Harper's party leading an unstable minority government, his strategy of looking to George Bush as a role model is brilliant.
door grumpybozo 9 maart 2012

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