Origin of brio
Examples from the Web for brio
The New Yorker critic Pauline Kael dismissed the film as "journalism presented with the brio of drama."
Certainly Gurickx played magnificently, and with a brio I have rarely heard equalled.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
This brio, an Italian word which the French have begun to use, is characteristic of youthful work.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac
Con brio, to the horror of the monkeys who are settling for the night.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for brio
Word Origin for brio
Word Origin and History for brio
"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.