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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. 2016.
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  • It was a fragment of some French opera-bouffe, suggestive of feverish joy heedless of the morrow, of mad and reckless orgie.

    A Desperate Voyage Edward Frederick Knight
  • So the night wore on, with more songs and duets from opera and opera-bouffe.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • It was the opera-bouffe warfare of little statesmen making their clamoring exit from the stage of history.

  • opera-bouffe and Gilbert and Sullivan are preferred to everything else.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • Offenbach, of opera-bouffe notoriety, almost lived on coffee while creating his dainty aerial music.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • What a capital subject for an opera-bouffe might be got from some of those Chicago divorce cases!

  • By way of compensation, it was permitted to give representations of opera-bouffe.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • It grew out of French opera-bouffe by way of burlesque, and of the "comic opera" type which Gilbert and Sullivan made famous.

    England Frank Fox
  • The marchale announced that she was going to the opera-bouffe.

  • Their performances were conducted in the Spanish language, and their specialty was opera-bouffe.

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
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