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brio

[ bree-oh; Italian bree-aw ]
/ ˈbri oʊ; Italian ˈbri ɔ /
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noun

vigor; vivacity.

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Origin of brio

First recorded in 1725–35; from Italian, from Spanish brío “energy, determination,” from assumed 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
/ (ˈbriːəʊ) /

noun

liveliness or vigour; spiritSee also con brio

Word Origin for brio

C19: from Italian, of Celtic origin
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