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[ber-let-uh] /bərˈlɛt ə/
noun, Theater.
(in the 18th and 19th centuries) a musical drama containing rhymed lyrics and resembling comic opera or a comic play containing songs.
Origin of burletta
1740-50; < Italian, equivalent to burl(a) jest (see burlesque) + -etta -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every body liked the burletta, but none were pleased with the music—which has induced me to reset it.

    Dr. Arne and Rule, Britannia William Hayman Cummings
  • It may be regarded as a species of prototype of the burletta or ballad opera of later days.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • We move ourselves—they are moved by wires; but we do just the same things—we are life and we are art, in the burletta we are both.

    The Little Schoolmaster Mark J. H. Shorthouse

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