comic opera
noun Date: 1762 opera of a humorous character with a happy ending and usually some spoken dialogue

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • comic opera — noun count or uncount an opera that tells a humorous story and contains some spoken parts …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • comic opera — n. opera with humorous situations, a story that ends happily, and, usually, some spoken dialogue …   English World dictionary

  • Comic opera — This article is about the musical genre. For Robert Wyatt album, see Comicopera. Comic opera denotes a sung dramatic work of a light or comic nature, usually with a happy ending. Forms of comic opera first developed in late 17th century Italy. By …   Wikipedia

  • comic opera — 1. a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending. 2. the tradition or genre of such operas. [1905 10] * * * also called  Light Opera,         general designation for musical plays with light subject matter and happy endings. The… …   Universalium

  • comic opera — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms comic opera : singular comic opera plural comic operas music an opera that tells a humorous story and contains some spoken parts …   English dictionary

  • comic-opera — adjective Date: 1906 not to be taken seriously < a comic opera regime > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • comic-opera — /kom ik op euhr euh, op reuh/, adj. comically vainglorious; having farcically self important aspects: a comic opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield. * * * …   Universalium

  • comic-opera — /kom ik op euhr euh, op reuh/, adj. comically vainglorious; having farcically self important aspects: a comic opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield …   Useful english dictionary

  • comic opera — opera with an amusing story line …   English contemporary dictionary

  • comic opera — noun opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken • Syn: ↑opera bouffe, ↑bouffe, ↑opera comique • Hypernyms: ↑opera • Hyponyms: ↑operetta, ↑light opera …   Useful english dictionary

  • comic opera — /kɒmɪk ˈɒprə/ (say komik opruh) noun a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending. Compare grand opera …   Australian English dictionary

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