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
    • ‘If the directors are vaunted for intelligence and brio, why is this film so vacuous, stupid and lazy?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Burstein captured every subtle variation of the melodic line with scintillating brio and vivacity.’
    • ‘The poem's breathless momentum and brio defy ironical posturing.’
    • ‘He was pardoned by a governor who admired his brio.’
    • ‘While serious in subject and sad in fact, the play is written with brio and excellent humour.’
    • ‘The sheer brio of these pieces makes them both unsettling and hypnotic.’
    • ‘The voice of the translator must be prose, not verse, if the original composition is to be sung with spirit and brio.’
    • ‘Branson for better or worse is brio personified.’
    • ‘This balletic score received a performance filled with rhythmic verve and brio.’
    • ‘It has nothing of the sheer brio of L' Ancienne Auberge.’
    • ‘Her assignment, which she carries off with breathtaking brio, is to provide explicit political content and laughter.’
    • ‘Now nearly 80, the ex-Harvard Prof is still full of brio and a force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘The Stoltzmans played it with dash and brio to spare.’
    • ‘He conducted it with flair, brio, and real Mozartean style.’
    • ‘And this has a sagging effect on the story, which launches itself with such brio and yet is strangely underpowered.’
    • ‘This piece requires non-stop brio and a kind of splashy physical heroics.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/