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bravura

[bruh-vyoo r-uh, -voo r-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.
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adjective
  1. Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).
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Origin of bravura

1780–90; < Italian: spirit, dash. See brave, -ure
Can be confusedbravery bravado bravura
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bravura

noun
  1. a display of boldness or daring
  2. music
    1. brilliance of execution
    2. (as modifier)a bravura passage
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado
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Word Origin and History for bravura

n.

1788, "piece of music requiring great skill," from Italian bravura "bravery, spirit" (see brave (adj.)). Sense of "display of brilliancy, dash" is from 1813.

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