Definition of brio in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbriːəʊ/


[mass noun]
Vigour or vivacity of style or performance: she told her story with some brio See also con brio.
More example sentences
  • Burstein captured every subtle variation of the melodic line with scintillating brio and vivacity.
  • This balletic score received a performance filled with rhythmic verve and brio.
  • The Stoltzmans played it with dash and brio to spare.
vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, gusto, verve, zest, sparkle, dash, elan, panache, exuberance, ebullience, enthusiasm, eagerness, vitality, dynamism, animation, spirit, energy
informal pep, vim, zing, get-up-and-go


Mid 18th century: from Italian.

Words that rhyme with brio

Clio, Krio, Leo, Milhaud, Rio, Theo, trio

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