Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express approval, especially of a performance.
  • n. A shout or cry of "bravo.”
  • transitive v. To express approval of by shouting "bravo.”
  • intransitive v. To shout "bravo.”
  • n. A villain, especially a hired killer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hired soldier; an assassin; a desperado.
  • n. A shout of "bravo!"
  • n. The letter B in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • interj. Used to express appreciation, especially to a performer.
  • v. To cheer or applaud, especially by saying bravo!

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A daring villain; a bandit; one who sets law at defiance; a professional assassin or murderer.
  • interj. Well done! excellent! an exclamation expressive of applause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Well done! good! sometimes used as a noun: as, “with bravo and handclapping,”
  • [It Italian the word is an adjective, and the correct usage is to say bravo to a male singer or actor, brava to a female, and bravi to a company; but in French and properly in English the word is a mere interjection. Careful persons familiar with the Italian usage do, however, discriminate as to gender.]
  • n. A daring villain a bandit; one who sets law at defiance; an assassin or murderer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance
  • v. applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
  • n. a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

Etymologies

Italian; see brave.
Italian, from bravo, wild, excellent; see brave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian bravo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Off they went highly delighted with the results of the interview, clapping their orator on the back, crying out _sh [= a] bash, sh [= a] bash, bravo, bravo_, and evidently believing the gift of the rupees as entirely due to the eloquence of their comrade.

    A Peep into Toorkisthhan

  • Tasty stuff but whether or not it should be considered "muy bravo" is a matter of personal preference so don't be afraid to try it.

    restaurant recommendations

  • For a long time they watched the performance with delight, clapping and calling bravo like boys.

    The Trespasser, Volume 3

  • Also, I'm increasingly willing to call bravo sierra on most complaints of racial profiling generally (See Heather Mac Donald for the sustained argument here).

    The Corner on National Review Online

  • The expression Accogliere dei "Bravo" che non finivano più is certainly correct in Italian, provided that quotes are used around bravo, which is then perceived as a literal quotation (in the spoken version, the quotes would be rendered by an audible pause before the word bravo).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • Step 5: Comic Riffs says "bravo" to Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith and creative partner Eric Power.

    ANIMATION OF THE DAY: When Star Wars gets a new director's cut

  • The electric atmosphere, with thousands of white-haired fans screaming "bravo," was contagious.

    How Andr

  • Both deserve a big "bravo," especially considering that they managed to penetrate my Jin/Sun sadness long enough to empathize with them.

    'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'The Candidate'

  • I say "bravo" to the President for reaching out to a whole demographic of Americans (stay at home moms, unemployed people, night workers, students out of school for the summer) who may not watch prime time TV.

    Joan E. Dowlin: I Am Glad We Have a Media Accessible President

  • I say "bravo" to the President for reaching out to a whole demographic of Americans (stay at home moms, unemployed people, students out of school for the summer) who may not watch prime time TV.

    Joan E. Dowlin: I Am Glad We Have a Media Accessible President

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