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Definition of brio

: enthusiastic vigor : vivacity, verve sings with brio

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Examples of brio in a Sentence

impressed the interviewers with his poise and brio
Recent Examples on the Web Rush auctioned their letter off in a show of gleeful brio, marching the document on stage handcuffed to his security guard during a Philadelphia speech. Brian Glicklich, WSJ, "Rush Limbaugh: The Original Cancel Culture Target," 24 Feb. 2021 Former cast member Jason Sudeikis for many years offered a version of Biden whose brio often overtook an ability to stay on message. NBC News, "Jim Carrey to stop impersonating Joe Biden on 'Saturday Night Live'," 19 Dec. 2020 Van Halen recorded its debut album for the label in just three weeks, employing few overdubs, the better to capture its in-concert brio. Jim Farber, New York Times, "Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65," 6 Oct. 2020 Johnson, though, outlined the plan with typical brio. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s ‘Operation Moonshot’ envisions weekly covid tests for every single person in Britain," 12 Sep. 2020 And right now that means stuffing the nightly carnival brio of Barbaro into bags and boxes. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Monte Vista’s Barbaro restaurant serving strong pizzas engineered for takeout," 28 Aug. 2020 The old Insight married its advanced technology with some on-road brio, in part probably because that car only had room for two, and two seaters are meant to be sporty. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2021 Honda Insight is an efficient but inconspicuous hybrid," 1 June 2020 At ten or eleven or twelve, itchy for adulthood before the long slog of puberty has begun, kids can perform maturity by swearing with brio. Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, "The Children Are Swearing More During Quarantine," 19 May 2020 Ever since the global war on terror launched in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, the insistence for their brand of brio, brains, and brawn has grown year by year. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Is the US military pushing its ‘super troops' too hard?," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brio

1731, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Brio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brio

: great energy and confidence

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