bravo

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian bravo.

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Noun[edit]

bravo (plural bravos or bravoes)

  1. A hired soldier; an assassin; a desperado.
    • 1753, Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)[1]:
      As for Rochester, he had not genius enough to enter the lists with Dryden, so he fell upon another method of revenge; and meanly hired bravoes to assault him.
    • 1911, H. Rider Haggard, Red Eve[2]:
      "Why should I fight the King of England's bravoes?" inquired Acour in a languid voice of those who stood about him, a question at which they laughed.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, page 104:
      Because the headache will always be there, a weapon that never wears out and is as deadly as the bravo’s rapier or Lucrezia's poison vial.
  2. A shout of "bravo!"
    • 1907, Kate Dickinson Sweetser, Boys and girls from Thackeray[3]:
      There was a roar of bravoes rang through the house; Pen bellowing with the loudest.
  3. The letter B in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

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Interjection[edit]

bravo!

  1. Used to express acclaim, especially to a performer.
    Bravo, you have done a brilliant job!

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes the (non-anglicized) Italian female form brava is used for a woman, and the Italian plural forms brave (feminine) and bravi (masculine or mixed).

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Verb[edit]

bravo (third-person singular simple present bravos, present participle bravoing, simple past and past participle bravoed)

  1. To cheer or applaud, especially by saying bravo!
    • 1910, May Agnes Fleming, The Baronet's Bride[4]:
      "And my Sunbeam was bravoed, and encored, and crowned with flowers, was she not?"
    • 1899, Richard Le Gallienne, Young Lives[5]:
      Together they had bravoed the great tragedians, and together hopelessly worshipped the beautiful faces, enskied and sainted, of famous actresses.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian bravo, a fusion of Latin prāvus and barbarus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

bravo

  1. bravo!, hear, hear!, well said!, well done!

Noun[edit]

bravo m (plural bravos)

  1. (in the plural) applause, cheers
  2. swordsman

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a fusion of Latin prāvus and barbarus. French and English brave derived from it. Also possibly from a root *bravus, from bravium.

Adjective[edit]

bravo m (feminine brava, masculine plural bravi, feminine plural brave) (superlative bravissimo)

  1. (used before the noun) good, well-behaved
  2. good, skilful, capable, clever, fine
  3. good, obedient

Interjection[edit]

bravo! m (f brava!, m pl bravi!, f pl brave!)

  1. (in general use) well done!, good show!
  2. (at the theatre, etc) bravo!

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese bravo, from a fusion of Latin prāvus and barbarus.

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Adjective[edit]

bravo m (feminine brava, plural bravos, feminine plural bravas; comparable)

  1. angry, furious
  2. bold, courageous

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Interjection[edit]

bravo!

  1. (in general use) well done!, good show!
  2. (at the theatre, etc) bravo!

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Fusion of Latin prāvus and barbarus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɾabo/, [ˈbɾäβ̞o̞]

Adjective[edit]

bravo m (feminine brava, masculine plural bravos, feminine plural bravas)

  1. angry, furious
  2. bold, courageous
  3. good, excellent
  4. agitated (sea)

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Interjection[edit]

¡bravo!

  1. (in general use) well done!, good show!
  2. (at the theatre, etc) bravo!

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