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Figaro [(fig-uh-roh)]

A scheming Spanish barber who appears as a character in eighteenth-century French plays. The operas The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and The Barber of Seville, by Gioacchino Rossini, are about Figaro.

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  • Thus Mozart expressed his gratitude to the people of Prague for their enthusiastic reception of "figaro."

  • They will come to see half a 'figaro' when they will not come to see a dozen 'Heartless Fathers.'

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Farandal suddenly stopped his whispering to Annette to say: "The figaro has a very disagreeable article about him this morning."

    Strong as Death Guy de Maupassant
  • In due course Seymour resumed his place on "figaro," and retained it to the end.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • Still another of which he sang the English words often was the well-known air from figaro.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • I found a hairdresser, the local figaro, a raging Boulangist.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Somebody came into possession of a newspaper, the "figaro" from Paris, dated September 6th.

    Lige on the Line of March Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
  • At the time set for the elopement, the Count and figaro arrive.

  • The figaro calculates the number of insurgents still at large in Paris who have escaped military justice at 50,000 men.

    The Insurrection in Paris An Englishman: Davy
  • The Marriage of figaro was played in public for the first time on April 27th, 1784.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards

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