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ballad opera

noun
1.
a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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ballad opera

noun
1.
an opera consisting of popular tunes to which appropriate words have been set, interspersed with spoken dialogue
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