It's an Italian adjective which is used to compliment or congratulate someone for something he (For the "she" part, see 2. below) has done or achieved or just said.
There are some minor differences in how it's used by native Italian speakers compared to how it's used in the US and other English speaking countries, though.
1. the word "bravo" in the US is mainly used in the context of artistic performances and public exhibitions (or, with a touch of irony, in informal speech), while in Italian it can be used more generally to denote someone's ability in some area or specific well-doing (see examples below).
2. in the US "bravo" is essentially used as it were an interjection and it's rarely conjugated, while in Italian it is an adjective and as such it must be conjugated:
bravo ---> male, singular
brava ---> female, singular
bravi ---> male, plural
brave ---> female, plural.
Strictly speaking, it's a mistake to say "Bravooo!!" while applauding the performance of a female violinist or of a male rock band: you should say "brava!" in the first case and "bravi!" in the second.
Mario è bravo in matematica ( = Mario is good in maths)
Angela è brava a suonare il piano ( = Angela is good at playing the piano)
Braviii!!! (applauding the Kronos String Quartet)
Braveeee!!! (applauding the female cheerleaders)
by an_italian2 August 31, 2011
"Bravo, ottimo lavoro!"
"Bravo, well done!"
by mangiaspaghetti January 8, 2009
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by KJ2006 March 22, 2006
The Bravo-A is a variation of the sex move "The Eiffel Tower" but is also a form of bro love/rape and is completely non-sexual. It is purely for the LOLZ and should not be taken offensively if offered to or performed on/with.
The Bravo-A consists of two men and one woman. The woman takes the doggy-style position and one man proceeds to have sex with her from the back and the other accepts, gratiously, some head from her as well. At some point in time during this, THE TWO MEN MUST HIGH FIVE WITH BOTH HANDS, partly to eliminate any tension, but mostly because you must make the shape of an A. This is why it is called the Bravo-A, half because of the bro part of it and the other half because of the shape that is made. If you managa to pull off a Bravo-A, you instantly earn some huge points on your man card and if you didn't have it, you instantly get it returned to you with a "Good Job Bro" along with it.
There are several variations of the Bravo-A, such as the inverse Bravo-A. This is where instead of two men and one woman, it is one man and two women. The man lies on his back and has sex with one chick then gives the other oral, then the women high five and you have just accomplished the inverse Bravo-A. This version of the Bravo-A is much more legendary than the standard Bravo-A and if this is accomplished you have at, a minimum, ten chances to save yourself from your man card being taken away, just by mentioning the occurence of the event.
If you and some of your friends want to accomplish a Bravo-A there is one rule you must keep in mind. The moment you come to a communal decision to achieve this act, you must go on a shirtless Bravo-A strike. This is where you can the participants may not wear a shirt until the Bravo-A has been completed. Exceptions to this rule are, formal situations, walking outside for more than ten minutes at a time, or if by not wearing a shirt you might make your situation in life substantially worse. If one thinks it is not an appropriate time to wear a shirt, they msut first consult with their other shirtless Bravo-A participants.
The Bravo-A is perhaps the most legendary non-sexual Bro sex move ever invented and must be taken compeltely seriously. Failure to do so will make you look like a pansy and no Bro ever, EVER, wants that.
by JConvery June 30, 2009
by chodeysmakcs March 29, 2010