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bravura

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noun bra·vu·ra \brə-ˈvyu̇r-ə, brä-, -ˈvu̇r-\

Simple Definition of bravura

  • : great skill and energy in doing something (such as performing on a stage)

Full Definition of bravura

  1. 1 :  a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution

  2. 2 :  a florid brilliant style

  3. 3 :  a show of daring or brilliance

Origin of bravura

Italian, literally, bravery, from bravare to show off — more at bravado


First Known Use: 1757

Rhymes with bravura


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bravura

adjective bra·vu·ra

Definition of bravura

  1. 1 :  marked by a dazzling display of skill <a bravura performance>

  2. 2 :  ornate, showy



Examples of bravura

  1. <a truly bravura performance of the ballet that brought the crowd to its feet>



1920

First Known Use of bravura

1920


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