bra·vu·ra (brə-vrə, -vyrə)
a. Brilliant technique or style in performance.
b. A piece or passage that emphasizes a performer's virtuosity.
2. A showy manner or display.
1. Music Of, relating to, or being a brilliant performance technique or style.
2. Showy; ostentatious.
[Italian, from bravo, excellent; see BRAVE.]
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