bra·​va | \ ˈbrä-(ˌ)vä How to pronounce brava (audio) , brä-ˈvä \

Definition of brava

: 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, "How to make the most of potatoes," 16 May 2020 So to whoever is responsible for Dolly's newfound social success, brava. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "That 'LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder' meme was started by none other than Dolly Parton," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of brava

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brava

Italian, feminine of bravo

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“Brava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of brava

— see pareira brava

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