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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɹɑvoʊ/, /bɹɑˈvoʊ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɹɑːvəʊ/, /bɹɑːˈvəʊ/
- Rhymes: -ɑːvəʊ, Rhymes: -əʊ
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- A hired soldier; an assassin; a desperado.
1753, Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753):
- 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.
- 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.
- A shout of "bravo!"
1907, Kate Dickinson Sweetser, Boys and girls from Thackeray:
- There was a roar of bravoes rang through the house; Pen bellowing with the loudest.
- The letter B in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
- (hired soldier): see Wikisaurus:mercenary
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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- To cheer or applaud, especially by saying bravo!
1910, May Agnes Fleming, The Baronet's Bride:
- "And my Sunbeam was bravoed, and encored, and crowned with flowers, was she not?"
1899, Richard Le Gallienne, Young Lives:
- Together they had bravoed the great tragedians, and together hopelessly worshipped the beautiful faces, enskied and sainted, of famous actresses.
bravo m (plural bravos)
- (2) spadassin
- “bravo” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From a fusion of Latin prāvus and barbarus; or else misread from Latin brana, from Old French brahaigne, "barren". French and English brave derived from it. Also possibly from a root *bravus, from bravium.
- (used before the noun) good, well-behaved
- good, skilful, capable, clever, fine
- good, obedient
- (obsolete) brave, bold
- (obsolete, of animals) wild, untamed
- (obsolete, of places) harsh
- brabo (colloquial)
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