There are 2 main definitions of bravo in English:

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bravo 1

Pronunciation: /brɑːˈvəʊ/


Used to express approval when a performer or other person has done something well: bravo, you’re improving!
More example sentences
  • At the end people shouted bravo and clapped for several bows.
  • The man behind me, who was also in the cheap seats, repeatedly shouted bravo.
  • Another unhappy aspect of applause - or shouts of bravo, brava, or bravi, not to mention those rock-concert-style whoops of pleased amazement - is the way in which it breaks into the mood of the dance.

noun (plural bravos)

1A cry of bravo: bravos rang out
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  • Cheers, bravos and applause rang out through the large concert hall, as the performers left the stage.
  • The audience thanked Lorin Maazel and the orchestra for that half with enthusiastic applause, standing ovations, and bravos.
  • Shafer was rightly showered with wild applause and bravos after Act I, to which she responded with faux-incredulous gestures of ‘Me?’
2A code word representing the letter B, used in radio communication.
Example sentences
  • Well, what they had was a series of camps: alpha, bravo, Charlie, et cetera.
  • Cancel matrix twelve, and change to bravo seven.
  • This carries over to every level, right down to the new soldier who is now both a rifleman and squad designated marksman on alpha team, or a rifleman and Javelin gunner on bravo team.


Mid 18th century: from French, from Italian, literally 'bold' (see brave).

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bravo 2

Pronunciation: /ˈbrɑːvəʊ/

noun (plural bravos or bravoes)

A thug or hired assassin.
Example sentences
  • Men have before hired bravos to transact their crimes, while their own person and reputation sat under shelter.
  • Their quarters were wretched enough, but the bad side of Riverside was worse than most, and the tavern's location brought them face-to-face with half the city's would-be bravos with predictable results.
  • The second time, I read the part about the bravos.


Late 16th century: from Italian, from bravo 'bold (one)' (see brave).

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