[ bruh-vyoor-uh, -voor-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah ]
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noun,plural bra·vu·ras, Italian bra·vu·re [brah-voo-re]. /brɑˈvu rɛ/.
  1. Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.

  2. a display of daring; brilliant performance.

  1. Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).

Origin of bravura

First recorded in 1780–90; from Italian: literally, “spirit, dash”; see brave, -ure

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How to use bravura in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bravura


/ (brəˈvjʊərə, -ˈvʊərə) /

  1. a display of boldness or daring

  2. music

    • brilliance of execution

    • (as modifier): a bravura passage

Origin of bravura

C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado

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