bravura

noun
bra·vu·ra | \ brə-ˈvyu̇r-ə , 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

bravura

adjective

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

Masterfully curated by Eloy Martinez de la Pera, the show juxtaposes Joachim Sorolla’s bravura portraits (in the manner of his great friend John Singer Sargent) with artfully matched contemporary clothing. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "How Hamish Bowles Spent a Whirlwind 24 Hours in Madrid," 14 June 2018 Barr remains sassy yet surprising, and Metcalf’s wacky bravura is undiminished. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Roseanne' returns with timely oomph," 22 Mar. 2018 Other than providing the opportunity for some boisterous and bravura acting, this creates the notion of the forebears haunting the villains that lead their company to ruin. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 For starters, Alsop happens to be a like-minded musician, interested more in warmth of timbre and arc of line than technical bravura or showmanship for its own sake. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 And if a mystical Lady of the Lake (portrayed by Christine Hewitt with big-voiced bravura and a slyly scene-stealing touch) bestowed upon you the fabled sword Excalibur via a totally non-farcical aquatic ceremony. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018 The matinee featured an abbreviated outing from Kenta Maeda, a bravura performance by the Dodgers bullpen and an afternoon of angst aimed at Gibson. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 The high-spirited Yoshihisa Arai was the lively Mercutio, bringing bravura and joyful gusto to doleful proceedings. Laura Blieberg, latimes.com, "In the Joffrey Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet,' love isn't the only thing to get lost," 11 Mar. 2018 Disappointingly, the 1,800-seat theater was only about two-thirds full for the bravura performance. Jonathan Takiff, Philly.com, "Taylor Mac outdoes Springsteen as hardest-working headliner, in audacious Merriam marathon," 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bravura.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bravura

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bravura

Noun

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

Adjective

adjective derivative of bravura entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bravura

Dictionary Entries near bravura

bravo

Bravo

bravoite

bravura

braw

brawl

brawlsome

Statistics for bravura

Last Updated

26 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bravura

The first known use of bravura was in 1757

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bravura

bravura

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bravura

: great skill and energy in doing something (such as performing on a stage)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bravura

See words that rhyme with bravura

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bravura

Spanish Central: Translation of bravura

Comments on bravura

What made you want to look up bravura? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!