brio

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See also: brio- and brío

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian brio (finesse, talent), from Spanish brío, ultimately from Gaulish.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹiːoʊ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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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Esperanto[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French brie, named after Brie, France, from Gaulish briga (hill).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbrio]
  • Rhymes: -io
  • Hyphenation: bri‧o

Noun[edit]

brio (accusative singular brion, plural brioj, accusative plural briojn)

  1. brie

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, ultimately from Gaulish.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbri.o/
  • Rhymes: -io
  • Hyphenation: brì‧o

Noun[edit]

brio m (plural brii)

  1. vivacity, liveliness

Descendants[edit]

  • English: brio
  • French: brio

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Old High German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *brīw (mash, porridge).

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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Noun[edit]

brio m (plural brios)

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

Quotations[edit]

For quotations using this term, see Citations:brio.