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

Mid 18th century: from Italian.

Pronunciation:

brio

/ˈbriːəʊ/