con brio

adverb
\ kän-ˈbrē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce con brio (audio) , kōn- \

Definition of con brio

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

Examples of con brio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "William Rayner's Watercolors Will Transport You to Cambodia, India, and More," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of con brio

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for con brio

Italian, literally, with vigor

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“Con brio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/con%20brio. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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