Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Vigor; vivacity: "She tells their story with brio and a mixture of sympathy and tart insight" (Michiko Kakutani).
[Italian, from Spanish brio or Provençal briu, both of Celtic origin; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
liveliness or vigour; spirit. See also con brio
[C19: from Italian, of Celtic origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
[1725–35; < Italian < Sp brío energy, determination < Celtic *brīgos; compare Old Irish bríg (feminine) power, strength, force]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||brio - quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous|
chirpiness - cheerful and lively
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
noun energy, spirit, enthusiasm, dash, pep, zip (informal), animation, vigour, verve, zest, panache, gusto, get-up-and-go (informal), élan, vivacity, liveliness, welly (slang) The performance was full of brio.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.