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opéra bouffe

[op-er-uh boof, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra boof] /ˈɒp ər ə ˈbuf, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf/
noun, plural opéra bouffes, opéras bouffe French, opéras bouffes
[aw-pey-ra boof] /ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf/ (Show IPA)
a comic opera, especially of farcical character.
Origin of opéra bouffe
1865-70; < French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Altogether this opera bouffe hotel is neither bad nor good, and most confusing as to its personnel and their conduct.

  • And you are lucky if it isn't some indecent piece from some opera bouffe!

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  • If Ethel were a ballet-dancer, or had taken to opera bouffe, she would be much more entertaining!

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  • It was the Italian opera bouffe on the most charming stage in the world.

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  • This opera bouffe siege endured for several days, until Tipton was reinforced by some of his own clique.

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  • And the opera bouffe of "saving our form of government" was staged.

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  • Costumes flitted by us as brilliant and strange to the eye as those of an Alhambra opera bouffe.

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  • There was something of the opera bouffe about his methods which abstracted from the brilliancy of his success.

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  • Being asked to write an opera bouffe for the carnival at Munich, he agreed, and again met with success.

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British Dictionary definitions for opera bouffe

opéra bouffe

/ˈɒpərə ˈbuːf; French ɔpera buf/
noun (pl) opéras bouffes (French) (ɔpera buf)
a type of light or satirical opera common in France during the 19th century
Word Origin
from French: comic opera
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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