bra·​vu·​ra | \ brə-ˈvyu̇r-ə How to pronounce bravura (audio) , brä-, -ˈvu̇r- \

Definition of bravura

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 music : a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution
2 : a florid brilliant style
3 : a show of daring or brilliance



Definition of bravura (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marked by a dazzling display of skill a bravura performance
2 : ornate, showy bravura prose

Examples of bravura in a Sentence

Adjective a truly bravura performance of the ballet that brought the crowd to its feet
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The longest-running show in Broadway history has been astonishing audiences with bravura performances — not to mention its crashing chandelier — since Jan. 26, 1988. Barbara Schuler, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2022 Slay’s legacy is enhanced by his lifelong dedication to old-school hip-hop vibes, sound and personal pride turned into bravura across each of his recordings. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 18 Apr. 2022 He’s fascinated by ritual, runic mysticism and physical mortification, as well as visual compositions that favor firelight, shadows and bravura camera work. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Despite the Ukrainian president’s bravura performance, his wished-for closing of the skies will likely go unfulfilled. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 Pauline Kael, in The New Yorker, was also struck by the visual bravura. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 After a bravura opening, The Reef settles down into a kind of ménage à quatre between a man, a woman, his mistress, and her stepson. The Week Staff, The Week, 27 Sep. 2021 For four wonderful seasons, Louie graced us and fans of Baskets with a bravura performance as Christine Baskets, for which he deservedly was recognized by his peers with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Dory Jackson,, 21 Jan. 2022 There's a playfulness to Trier's filmmaking — the storybook chapters and wry voice-overs, a bravura segment in which love literally puts the entire universe on pause — that lends the movie a kind of dizzying effervescence. Leah Greenblatt,, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bravura


1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bravura


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


adjective derivative of bravura entry 1

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11 Jun 2022

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“Bravura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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