[bruh-vyoo r-uh, -voo r-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah]
- 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).
Origin of bravura
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- a display of boldness or daring
- brilliance of execution
- (as modifier)a bravura passage
C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado
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Word Origin and History for bravure
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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