brio

[bree-oh; Italian bree-aw]

noun

vigor; vivacity.

Nearby words

  1. brinksmanship,
  2. brinnin,
  3. brinny,
  4. brinton,
  5. briny,
  6. brioche,
  7. briolette,
  8. briony,
  9. briquet,
  10. briquet's syndrome

Origin of brio

1725–35; < Italian < Spanish brío energy, determination < Celtic *brīgos; compare Old Irish bríg (feminine) power, strength, force, Middle Welsh bri (masculine) honor, dignity, authority

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British Dictionary definitions for brio

brio

noun

liveliness or vigour; spiritSee also con brio

Word Origin for brio

C19: from Italian, of Celtic origin

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Word Origin and History for brio

brio

n.

"liveliness, vivacity," 1734, from Italian brio, literally "mettle, fire, life," perhaps a shortened derivative of Latin ebrius "drunk." Or via Provençal briu "vigor," from Celtic *brig-o- "strength," from PIE *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Probably entered English via musical instruction con brio.

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