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Mar 4, 2016
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Well-traveled words

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personalty
truchman
popinjay
arsenious
brio

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with Anu Garg

brio

PRONUNCIATION:
(BREE-oh)

MEANING:
noun: Vigor or vivacity.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Italian brio (liveliness), from Spanish brio (spirit), from Celtic brigos (strength). Earliest documented use: 1731.

USAGE:
“Ms. Woodward ... was all sparkling energy and springing brio, with wonderfully pliant, strong feet.”
Alastair Macaulay; New York City Ballet Introduces Its Future with a Flurry of Nutcracker Debuts; The New York Times; Dec 28, 2015.

See more usage examples of brio in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man! -George Gamow, physicist and cosmologist (4 Mar 1904-1968)

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