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Definition of brio 

: enthusiastic vigor : vivacity, verve sings with brio

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impressed the interviewers with his poise and brio

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After them, the ballerina’s footwork gets faster and more intricate, with phrases of the most intoxicating brio. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Balanchine’s ‘Square Dance’ Speaks Ballet With an American Accent," 30 Jan. 2018 Ironically, the film is conspicuous not for its brio but its blandness. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Paul Rudd’s ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ bobbles a fascinating real-life story," 28 June 2018 But shocks of acid color hint at the couple’s unmistakably modern Southern California brio. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Upper East Side Home that Trades Stuffiness for Neon-Hued Glamour," 21 May 2018 As portrayed with loose-limbed brio by recent Salem State University graduate Chris Kandra (a find), Gerry is one of those rogues who seems to believe his own blarney. Don Aucoin,, "A dance of regret in Gloucester Stage’s ‘Lughnasa’," 20 June 2018 Though the score evokes spirituals, jazz, folk songs, ragtime and Dixieland, the elements of musical theater came through most strongly in this performance, led with brio by Stephen Lord. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 The horrifying moment reflected how the meticulous criminal — whom investigators strongly suspected had law enforcement connections — taunted his pursuers with catch-me-if-you-can brio. Dan Barry,, "With taunts and guile, the Golden State killer left a trail of horror," 28 Apr. 2018 This was not the first time Biden has used some brio and bravado to talk about Trump. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Biden vs. Trump: How low can you go?," 22 Mar. 2018 The difference between her fiction and nonfiction is akin to the one between practice and theory, or between a swim in a mountain lake and a lecture, delivered with unexpected brio and occasional thunder, on the properties of water. Donovan Hohn, New York Times, "Democracy’s Fierce Defender," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of brio

1731, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brio

: great energy and confidence

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