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bra·​vu·​ra brə-ˈvyu̇r-ə How to pronounce bravura (audio)
music : a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution
: a florid brilliant style
: a show of daring or brilliance


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: marked by a dazzling display of skill
a bravura performance
: 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
There is something slightly anachronistic about the rousing feminist themes here, but the film is great fun and the Toronto audience was wildly cheering at the end, which crescendoes with hilarious profanities hurled by both bravura actresses. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 Grasp Rankin’s style in his bravura approach to vegetables. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 This is a showcase for bravura acting, with Ireland playing Rose as aggressive and stilted in her inability to connect with others, or even present a normal social interaction. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 My mother’s Apple Brown Betty was a bravura performance. Rita Dove, Bon Appétit, 8 Aug. 2023 At an idyllic resort in the wilds of Maine, sumptuous days on the lake turn into evenings filled with bravura performances. Lila Battis, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 We’re introduced to the lead characters in two bravura action sequences before the opening credits, which don’t appear until some 40 minutes into the film. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Nov. 2022 Graham is hilarious and heartbreaking as the ostensible antagonist, her outsize bravura punctured by a wrenching moment of true vulnerability. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2023 And with that bravura moment, Fair Play marks the spot: These pretty people will get raw. Leah Greenblatt,, 26 Jan. 2023
Its most bravura trick is rooted less in a display of mastery than one of vulnerability. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 28 June 2023 With all due respect to the bravura world-creation of Wakanda, what is likely Carter’s single most effective achievement is so simple and casual as to seem to have come straight from a uniform-supply warehouse. Mark Feeney,, 24 May 2023 But at least Bay gave the viewers plenty of nonpareil CGI carnage to chew on, as with a bravura third act that tears through Chicago skyscrapers like sand castles, bouncing from one colossal set piece to the next. Nick Allen, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2023 No matter how bravura the substance of his disquisitions, this act, predictably, grew tiresome. Justin Driver, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History



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


adjective derivative of bravura entry 1

First Known Use


1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bravura was in 1757

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Cite this Entry

“Bravura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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