: enthusiastic vigor : vivacity, verve
sings with brio

Examples of brio in a Sentence

impressed the interviewers with his poise and brio
Recent Examples on the Web With narrative elegance, formal brio and exquisite feeling, Cooper ushers Felicia into the spotlight and sometimes shunts the attention-hogging Lenny off into the wings. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The frills at the front of Maria Robbins’s black walking dress become like a flowering vine painted with the brio of a Manet still life. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Flora, played with brio by Eve Hewson, is a single mother in Dublin with a fractious relationship with troublemaking teen son Max (Orén Kinlan). Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 McBride unfolds the efforts to rescue Dodo, plus side plots involving crackpot business schemes and sleazy bigwigs, with his trademark skill, brio, and frank talk. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 Just a 5 minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, this tropical oasis of lush greenery and bohemian brio will bring New Yorkers to the lush tropical jungle of the Yucatan and white sand beaches of Tulum ever leaving New York City. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 17 Sep. 2023 None too funny, but animated with winning brio by Ramírez Ramos. Marta Balaga, Variety, 9 June 2023 The sight of this accomplished ensemble unapologetically embracing the conventions of a traditionally male genre — and deploying those conventions with such confidence and brio — might be the biggest thrill to hit the big screen this year since Tom Cruise climbed into his old Grumman F-14. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Behind the scenes, all is being managed carefully by the hidden master of the yellow press, an illiterate but canny publisher named Dauriat who is played by the incomparable Gérard Depardieu with his typical world-conquering brio. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brio was in 1731

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“Brio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brio. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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