[brah-vah, brah-vah]


(used in praising a female performer).

noun, plural bra·vas.

a shout of “brava!”

Origin of brava

1875–80; < Italian, feminine of bravo bravo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brava

Contemporary Examples of brava

  • La Brava claims to have invented the classic Patatas Bravas, a spicy, addictive dish of fried potatoes smothered in Brava sauce.

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    February 23, 2010

Historical Examples of brava

  • And raising his hands high, Fiorsen clapped and called out: "Brava!"


    John Galsworthy

  • When the play was over there was frantic hand-clapping, and shouts of “Brava!”


    Molly Elliot Seawell

  • There was wild applause, flowers were tossed from the boxes, calls of "Brava!"


    Marjorie Benton Cooke

  • This again extorted enthusiastic applause from the sovereign, and when, while he was still shouting "Brava!"

  • "Brava, little one," cried Uncle Prudente who had come out from his siesta refreshed and cool.

    Our Little Brazilian Cousin

    Mary F. Nixon-Roulet