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[brah-vah, brah-vah] /ˈbrɑ vɑ, brɑˈvɑ/
(used in praising a female performer).
noun, plural bravas.
a shout of “brava!”.
Origin of brava
1875-80; < Italian, feminine of bravo bravo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • La brava claims to have invented the classic Patatas bravas, a spicy, addictive dish of fried potatoes smothered in brava sauce.

    What to Eat: Tapas February 22, 2010
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  • When they did effect a landing on brava, they were soaked by the tropical autumnal rains of early October.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • And raising his hands high, Fiorsen clapped and called out: "brava!"

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Gerster undertaking the part of "Gilda," which she sang with rare delicacy and brilliancy of vocalization, so that "brava's!"

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
  • When the play was over there was frantic hand-clapping, and shouts of “brava!”

    Francezka Molly Elliot Seawell
  • Now and then old Colonel Chiley paused to put his two hands softly together and cry "brava!"

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • There was wild applause, flowers were tossed from the boxes, calls of "brava!"

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • Let us say he dozed—only waking up to clap his hands and cry "brava!"

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  • The fleet sailed from brava on the 15th September, and on the 22d a signal was made from the admiral for the other captains.

  • "brava, little one," cried Uncle Prudente who had come out from his siesta refreshed and cool.

    Our Little Brazilian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet

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