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1. great brightness; luster: the brilliance of a fine diamond.
2. excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3. splendor, elegance, or magnificence: the brilliance of the court of Louis XIV.
4. Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
1745–55; brilli(ant) + -ance
1. radiance, effulgence, refulgence. 2. illustriousness, preeminence; genius.
1, 2. dullness.