- vigor; vivacity.
Origin of brio
Examples from the Web for brio
The New Yorker critic Pauline Kael dismissed the film as "journalism presented with the brio of drama."Goodfellas Turns 20
September 21, 2010
Gozzi gave him brio and bonarietà , with cordiality and humor.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Con brio, to the horror of the monkeys who are settling for the night.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
Tenderly and yet with a certain amount of brio the notes came dancing from the bow, and I listened, vaguely pleased.The Sorrows of Satan
Their eloquence is natural and contagious, and the peroration, delivered with brio, is often an artistic treat.Heroic Spain
Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
When the week was up Mat implored to be left behind with Angela, the maid, and Brio, a big poodle possessed of the devil.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
- liveliness or vigour; spiritSee also con brio
Word Origin and History for brio
"liveliness, vivacity," 1734, from Italian brio, literally "mettle, fire, life," perhaps a shortened derivative of Latin ebrius "drunk." Or via Provençal briu "vigor," from Celtic *brig-o- "strength," from PIE *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Probably entered English via musical instruction con brio.