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

Adjective a truly bravura performance of the ballet that brought the crowd to its feet
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This blockbuster soars on rich character relationships, bravura displays of light and magic, and a plot vibrating with tension. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, "The 50 Best Anime Series on Netflix Right Now," 5 Apr. 2021 Rabe approached DuBose after seeing him last fall in a filmed production of St. Nicholas, Conor McPherson’s bravura one-man show built around the musings of a vampiric theater critic. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Undermain Theatre to stream ambitious season of shows from its legendary Deep Ellum basement," 4 Feb. 2021 Though the director is often recognized for his bravura, his modesty—his ability to foreground his interlocutor—is perhaps one of his greatest skills as a filmmaker. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Delights of New York, Fran Lebowitz, and Martin Scorsese’s Laugh," 18 Jan. 2021 With the bravura release of the Double Fantasy album with wife Yoko Ono, he was poised and ready for an even brighter future only to be wrenched from the world by an assassin's bullets. Kenneth Womack, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Happened on John Lennon’s Last Day," 30 Nov. 2020 The sketch was the biggest highlight of a bravura performance for someone known for music, not comedy. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'SNL' host Adele brings drama — and her greatest hits — as hilarious losing 'Bachelor' contestant," 25 Oct. 2020 It’s a bravura show of scientific interest, love of travel, and advancement of trade and discovery. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Immovable Raphael," 19 Sep. 2020 From the opening sequence, a bravura bird’s-eye swoop through a rural Chinese village, this a story meant to be seen on a big screen. Leah Greenblatt,, "Disney's live-action Mulan is a sweeping, somber epic: Review," 3 Sep. 2020 But Ali was lackluster on opening night, following a bravura performance in the final preview. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Zev Buffman, 89, Prolific Producer From Broadway to Florida, Dies," 1 May 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Bravura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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