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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 Some misgivings remain, abroad and at home, about whether Chinese technical brio is yet matched by imaginative brilliance. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 Dec. 2019 The real treasures, though, are the game’s narrative vignettes, which unspool with force and brio. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 The musicians produced robust lyricism in the first movement, gorgeously warm colors in the second and considerable brio in the finale. Howard Reich,, "Chicago Symphony Orchestra review: The genius of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla," 19 Oct. 2019 In a display of the brio that has won Abiy widespread admiration, the former military officer defused the situation by dropping to the floor and joining the troops in pushups. Cara Anna,, "Ethiopian prime minister wins Nobel peace prize for effort to end two-decade border war with Eritrea," 11 Oct. 2019 And Italian chefs in the 19th century working in the grandest and most affluent homes in Europe also embraced chocolate with brio. Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 In a display of the brio that has won Abiy widespread admiration, the former military officer defused the situation by dropping to the floor and joining the troops in push-ups. Author: Elias Meseret, Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, "Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize," 11 Oct. 2019 Bong, his camera at once ecstatic and controlled, brings the pieces together with the brio of a conductor attacking a great symphony. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019 Eichner, by contrast, seems to project a character with both more brio and sensitivity. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "How Billy Eichner and John Oliver help save the 'Lion King’ remake from itself," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of brio

1731, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jan 2020

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“Brio.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brio

: great energy and confidence

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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