bravo

noun (1)
bra·​vo | \ ˈbrä-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce bravo (audio) \
plural bravos or bravoes

Definition of bravo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: villain, desperado especially : a hired assassin

bravo

noun (2)
bra·​vo | \ ˈbrä-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce bravo (audio) , brä-ˈvō \
plural bravos

Definition of bravo (Entry 2 of 4)

: a shout of approval often used interjectionally in applauding a performance

bravo

verb
bra·​vo | \ ˈbrä-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce bravo (audio) , brä-ˈvō \
bravoed; bravoing

Definition of bravo (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to applaud by shouts of bravo

Bravo

communications code word
Bra·​vo | \ ˈbrä-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce Bravo (audio) \

Definition of Bravo (Entry 4 of 4)

used as a code word for the letter b

First Known Use of bravo

Noun (1)

1600, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1806, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1732, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bravo

Noun (1)

Italian, from bravo brave

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“Bravo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bravo. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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