brio

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See also: brio- and brío

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian brio (finesse, talent), from Spanish brío, from Old Occitan briu (wild), from Gaulish (compare Old Irish bríg (pith, strength), Welsh bri (repute, respect)), from Proto-Celtic *brigos, *brigā (might, power), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰr̥ǵʰ-, zero-grade form of *bʰerǵʰ- (high).

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brio (uncountable)

  1. Vigour or vivacity.
    • 1917, Henry Handel Richardson, Australia Felix, Part II Chapter I
      He lay tossing restlessly on a dirty old straw palliasse, and was in great pain; but greeted his friend with a dash of the old brio.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      And as if to undermine their authority still further, Welsh Philpott in his innocence has made the error of placing Rick beside the pulpit in the very spot from which in the past he has read us the day's lesson with such brio and persuasion.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian brio.

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brio m (uncountable)

  1. brilliance, panache
  2. (music) con brio

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish brío.

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brio m (plural brii)

  1. vivacity, liveliness

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Old High German[edit]

Noun[edit]

brīo m

  1. mash (as in mashed potatoes).

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish brío (vigour), from Old Occitan briu (wild), from Gaulish brīgos.

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brio m (plural brios)

  1. mettle; courage
  2. zeal; vigour; vivacity
  3. pride; dignity

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For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:brio.