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 (brä′vä, brä-vä′)
Used to express approval of a woman, especially for a performance.
A shout or cry of "brava."

[Italian, feminine of bravo, bravo; see bravo1.]
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a shout of appreciation to a female performer
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(ˈbrɑ vɑ, brɑˈvɑ)

(used in praising a female performer.)
[1800–1805; < Italian, feminine of bravo]
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References in classic literature ?
Bravo, bravi, brava!" The banker was enthusiastic in his applause.
"Bravi, bravo, brava!" cried Morcerf, parodying the banker, as the selection came to an end.
I had a mind to shout "Brava! Brava!" but I did not do that.
"Brava! brava!" old Steyne's strident voice was heard roaring over all the rest.
BEIRUT: Beirut's southern suburbs Thursday averted a pileup of garbage around the capital by giving the government one month to find an alternative destination for trash currently dumped in the Costa Brava landfill.
We used to work together and when we met by chance, he was telling me about Art @ Brava. I told him I painted and showed him some portraits.
The Barra Brava are an army of hardcore louts with a mafia-like hold over their local game.
The 176-year old travel company first sent customers to the Costa Brava in 1949, travelling by steamer and rail.
He said: "We've seen destinations move up and down the popularity stakes and next year we're predicting that Malta, Madeira and Costa Brava will catch the attention of holidaymakers who perhaps didn't think they ticked the right box for their needs.
"From Michelin-star restaurants in Costa Brava to music festivals in Malta and outstanding natural beauty in Madeira, these retro destinations really will challenge holidaymakers' misconceptions." Thomas Cook is selling holidays to Spain's Costa Brava for the first time since 2009 as the destination has developed a reputation for food and wine.