What does Bravo mean?

Definitions for Bravo
ˈbrɑ voʊ; for 1,2,5 also brɑˈvoʊbra·vo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assassin, assassinator, bravonoun

    a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

    "his assassins were hunted down like animals"; "assassinators of kings and emperors"

  2. bravoverb

    a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance

  3. bravoverb

    applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'


  1. bravonoun

    The letter B in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

  2. bravonoun

    A hired thug; an assassin.

  3. bravonoun

    A shout of "bravo!"

  4. bravoverb

    To cheer or applaud, especially by saying bravo!

  5. bravointerjection

    Used to express appreciation, especially to a performer.

  6. Etymology: From bravo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bravonoun

    A man who murders for hire.

    Etymology: bravo, Ital.

    For boldness, like the bravoes and banditti, is seldom employed, but upon desperate services. Government of the Tongue.

    No bravoes here profess the bloody trade,
    Nor is the church the murd’rer’s refuge made. John Gay, Trivia.


  1. bravo

    Bravo is an interjection used to express approval, praise, or admiration, typically after a performance or achievement. It is often used in the context of applauding someone's exceptional performance in music, theatre, or similar areas of entertainment. In military context, "Bravo" is also the NATO phonetic alphabet code for "B". Furthermore, it may also refer to a man who acts as a hired killer or bully in some cultures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bravoadjective

    a daring villain; a bandit; one who sets law at defiance; a professional assassin or murderer

  2. Bravo

    well done! excellent! an exclamation expressive of applause


  1. Bravo

    Bravo is an American cable television channel owned by NBCUniversal launched by Cablevision as an advertisement-free premium channel in December 1980. According to Nielsen Ratings Data, Bravo is currently available in 88 million homes. In the early 2000s it switched from covering performing arts, drama, and indie film to being focused on pop culture like reality shows, fashion shows, makeovers, celebrities, and so forth. Bravo's programming schedule includes feature films, primarily from the Universal catalog. Bravo also airs reruns of series from parent network NBC, and produces original reality content, most popularly The Real Housewives of..., Inside the Actors Studio, and others. Bravo's corporate offices are at NBC's Rockefeller Center in New York. Andy Cohen is the Senior Vice President of Production and Programming.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bravo

    bräv′o, n. a daring villain: a hired assassin:—pl. Bravoes (bräv′ōz). [It. and Sp.]

  2. Bravo

    bräv′o, interj. well done: excellent. [It.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bravo

    In Italy one who is always boasting of his courage and prowess; generally a hired assassin.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRAVO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bravo is ranked #828 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bravo surname appeared 41,700 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname Bravo.

    90.6% or 37,780 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.2% or 2,590 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 792 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 271 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 146 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 121 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bravo in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bravo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Bravo in a Sentence

  1. Simon Applebaum:

    For example a network like Bravo or Discovery, they sort of see scripted as a natural way to expand their brand, they are also trying to take advantage of the fact that scripted is white hot. Everybody wants to do it. There are so many ways to do it now. There are so many people that want to get in and do scripted television. The rise of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon has really raised the creative bar about what people can do.

  2. Bethenny Frankel:

    This weekend, Luann was surrounded by her girlfriends and decided -- with their support -- that in light of recent circumstances, it is the healthiest choice for her not to attend Tuesday's reunion taping so that she can continue in her healing process, luann is now surrounded by a core group of people who truly have her best interests at heart and who are working to make sure she gets the help she needs. Bravo has been very supportive of Luann during this time. It's a brave and honest decision by her, and everyone is rallying around her and wants the best for her.

  3. Laura Simpson:

    [Bravo] and his friend thought it was perfectly feasible getting the dog out and they did a great job, they made it look easy.

  4. Bethenny Frankel:

    I shouldn’t have been taken seriously in the beginning; I had no value, or I didn’t know the value I would have yet. I was a person that Bravo was hiring for $7,250 for the entire first season of [‘Real Housewives’].

  5. Bette Davis:

    There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.

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