Definition of brio in English:

brio

noun

mass noun
  • Vigour or vivacity of style or performance.

    ‘she told her story with some brio’
    See also con brio
    • ‘The voice of the translator must be prose, not verse, if the original composition is to be sung with spirit and brio.’
    • ‘If the directors are vaunted for intelligence and brio, why is this film so vacuous, stupid and lazy?’
    • ‘This piece requires non-stop brio and a kind of splashy physical heroics.’
    • ‘He conducted it with flair, brio, and real Mozartean style.’
    • ‘This balletic score received a performance filled with rhythmic verve and brio.’
    • ‘Now nearly 80, the ex-Harvard Prof is still full of brio and a force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘While serious in subject and sad in fact, the play is written with brio and excellent humour.’
    • ‘And this has a sagging effect on the story, which launches itself with such brio and yet is strangely underpowered.’
    • ‘Branson for better or worse is brio personified.’
    • ‘The Stoltzmans played it with dash and brio to spare.’
    • ‘Brinkley's legacy can be witnessed every time a TV commentator describes a Washington scene with brio and wit.’
    • ‘There was more brio than substance, and not a memorable tune in sight.’
    • ‘It has nothing of the sheer brio of L' Ancienne Auberge.’
    • ‘The sheer brio of these pieces makes them both unsettling and hypnotic.’
    • ‘He was pardoned by a governor who admired his brio.’
    • ‘The poem's breathless momentum and brio defy ironical posturing.’
    • ‘Burstein captured every subtle variation of the melodic line with scintillating brio and vivacity.’
    • ‘The intoxicating brio of the coda capped a performance that approached that rarified aura of perfection!’
    • ‘It does convey with brio American theatrical life in the middle two quarters of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Her assignment, which she carries off with breathtaking brio, is to provide explicit political content and laughter.’
    vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, gusto, verve, zest, sparkle, dash, elan, panache, exuberance, ebullience, enthusiasm, eagerness, vitality, dynamism, animation, spirit, energy
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from Italian.

Pronunciation

brio

/ˈbriːəʊ/