[bree-oh; Italian bree-aw]
vigor; vivacity.

1725–35; < Italian < Spanish brío energy, determination < Celtic *brīgos; compare Old Irish bríg (feminine) power, strength, force, Middle Welsh bri (masculine) honor, dignity, authority Unabridged
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brio (ˈbriːəʊ)
See also con brio liveliness or vigour; spirit
[C19: from Italian, of Celtic origin]

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Word Origin & History

"liveliness, vivacity," 1734, from It., lit. "mettle, fire, life," perhaps an aphetic derivative of L. ebrius "drunk." Or via Prov. briu "vigor," from Celt. *brig-o- "strength." Probably entered English via musical instruction con brio.
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Example sentences
With a salad and a simple dessert, this is a weeknight menu con brio.
The writing is all in the same key, and strictly molto con brio.
Eighty cartoons in all, stocked with the graphic grace and anarchic brio of the all-time great animation unit.
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