con brio


: in a vigorous or brisk manner
often used as a direction in music

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is Italian motoring con brio. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2023 Up for auction on the website Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is this gorgeous confection of motoring con brio. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2022 Rayner mastered the sweet but notoriously unforgiving medium of watercolor con brio, but what his sketches convey also has a literary quality, like a diary or journal. David Netto, Town & Country, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History


Italian, literally, with vigor

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of con brio was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Con brio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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