[ brah-voh; for 1, 2, 5 also brah-voh ]
/ ˈbrɑ voʊ; for 1, 2, 5 also brɑˈvoʊ /


(used in praising a performer).

noun, plural bra·vos for 2, bra·vos or bra·voes for 3.

a shout of “bravo!”
a daring bandit, assassin, or murderer, especially one hired to steal or murder for another.
a word used in communications to represent the letter B.

verb (used without object), bra·voed, bra·vo·ing.

to shout “bravo!”

Origin of bravo

From Italian, dating back to 1755–65; see origin at brave

Definition for bravo (2 of 2)



Bravo: a cable television channel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for bravo

British Dictionary definitions for bravo (1 of 2)



(brɑːˈvəʊ) well done!


(brɑːˈvəʊ) plural -vos a cry of "bravo"
(ˈbrɑːvəʊ) plural -voes or -vos a hired killer or assassin

Word Origin for bravo

C18: from Italian: splendid!; see brave

British Dictionary definitions for bravo (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbrɑːvəʊ) /


communications a code word for the letter b
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