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Brio

Pronunciation: BREE-oh

Definition: enthusiastic vigor, vivacity, verve, spirit.

Origin

Dated back to 1734, this vivid noun is of Italian origin but its’ roots are Old Irish and Celtic. Old Irish brig stands for strength and virtue and the Welsh bri for repute. Cornish bry represents worth and Middle Breton bri stands for regard.

Why this word?

Brio is a great noun to use when representing effortless enthusiasm, one’s zeal when doing something they love.

On top of it being a great word, it also comes with my personal association to brioche; when I was little and adored pastries I memorized this word recalling the gaze in my eyes when I saw a brioche and the eagerness with which I ate it! in case you were wondering, there is no etymological association between the two…

How to use brio?

Brio is a noun, not an adjective; don’t get it wrong!

“The singer gave his performance with such brio that he overshadowed all other participants”.        

“She impressed us so much with her poise and brio; we absolutely had to accept her!”      

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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