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

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Examples of bravura in a Sentence


a truly bravura performance of the ballet that brought the crowd to its feet

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is what happens every time Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the Patriots, turns in a bravura performance on the biggest stage in sports. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "If Goat Emojis Are Flooding Your Twitter Feed, Blame Tom Brady," 29 Jan. 2019 The poolhouse contains one final surprise that von Haselberg likes to unfurl at the end of the tour, a bravura finish. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Minimalist, Moroccan-Inspired Pool House In New York," 29 June 2016 The painting is labored and lapidary, a bravura display of the artist’s ability to counterfeit finishes ranging from gold to velvet to glass to fur, and to catch in a likeness the depths of longing, including his own. Jane Kamensky, New York Times, "When Writing a Book Leaves a (Literal) Mark on Its Author," 28 Feb. 2018 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,, "'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,, "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,, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018

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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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The first known use of bravura was in 1757

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English Language Learners Definition of bravura

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

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to take the place or position of

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