from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music Brilliant technique or style in performance.
- n. Music A piece or passage that emphasizes a performer's virtuosity.
- n. A showy manner or display.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or being a brilliant performance technique or style.
- adj. Showy; ostentatious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a highly technical or difficult piece, usually written for effect
- n. a display of daring
- adj. overly showy; ostentatious
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A florid, brilliant style of music, written for effect, to show the range and flexibility of a singer's voice, or the technical force and skill of a performer; virtuoso music.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a florid air, requiring great force and spirit in the performer, and serving to display his or her power, flexibility of voice, and distinctness of articulation.
- In music, spirited; florid; brilliant: as, a bravura air: chiefly applied to vocal compositions, but occasionally to instrumetnal.
- n. In painting, vigorous, brilliant treatment in both color and technique.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brilliant and showy technical skill
Italian, from bravo, excellent; see brave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian bravura ("skill"), from bravo ("good, skilful"). (Wiktionary)