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brio

[bree-oh; Italian bree-aw] /ˈbri oʊ; Italian ˈbri ɔ/
noun
1.
vigor; vivacity.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; < Italian < Spanish brío energy, determination < Celtic *brīgos; compare Old Irish bríg (feminine) power, strength, force, Middle Welsh bri (masculine) honor, dignity, authority
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  • 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.
  • Simple stuff, really, but delivered with a brio that kept generations of children giggling.
  • Eighty cartoons in all, stocked with the graphic grace and anarchic brio of the all-time great animation unit.
British Dictionary definitions for brio

brio

/ˈbriːəʊ/
noun
1.
liveliness or vigour; spirit See also con brio
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for brio
n.

"liveliness, vivacity," 1734, from Italian brio, literally "mettle, fire, life," perhaps a shortened derivative of Latin ebrius "drunk." Or via Provençal briu "vigor," from Celtic *brig-o- "strength," from PIE *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Probably entered English via musical instruction con brio.

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