[ bruh-vyoo r-uh, -voo r-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah ]
/ brəˈvyʊər ə, -ˈvʊər ə; Italian brɑˈvu rɑ /

noun, plural bra·vu·ras, Italian bra·vu·re [brah-voo-re] /brɑˈvu rɛ/.

Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
a display of daring; brilliant performance.


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

Nearby words

  1. brave west winds,
  2. bravely,
  3. bravery,
  4. bravissimo,
  5. bravo,
  6. braw,
  7. brawl,
  8. brawley,
  9. brawly,
  10. brawlys

Origin of bravura

1780–90; < Italian: spirit, dash. See brave, -ure

Can be confusedbravery bravado bravura Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bravura


/ (brəˈvjʊərə, -ˈvʊərə) /


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

Word Origin for bravura

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

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Word Origin and History for bravura



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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