from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Vigor; vivacity: "She tells their story with brio and a mixture of sympathy and tart insight” ( Michiko Kakutani).
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- n. Vigour or vivacity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Spirit, animation; especially, in music, in the expression con brio, spiritedly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
Italian, from Spanish brio or Provençal briu, both of Celtic origin; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian brio ("finesse, talent"), from Old Provençal briu ("wild"), from Gaulish *brīgos (compare Old Irish bríg ("pith, strength"), Welsh bri ("repute, respect")). (Wiktionary)