bra·​va ˈbrä-(ˌ)vä How to pronounce brava (audio)
: bravo
used interjectionally in applauding a woman

Examples of brava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While potatoes are roasting, make the two sauces: For the salsa brava, put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, 16 May 2020 So to whoever is responsible for Dolly's newfound social success, brava. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 24 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Italian, feminine of bravo

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brava was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Brava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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