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burletta

[ber-let-uh] /bərˈlɛt ə/
noun, Theater
1.
(in the 18th and 19th centuries) a musical drama containing rhymed lyrics and resembling comic opera or a comic play containing songs.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Italian, equivalent to burl(a) jest (see burlesque) + -etta -ette
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