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opéra comique

[op-er-uh ko-meek, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ˈɒp ər ə kɒˈmik, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/
noun, plural opéra comiques, opéras comique French, operas comiques
[aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/ (Show IPA)
Origin of opéra comique
1735-45; < French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He adjusts his cravat, and strikes various attitudes for the benefit of the women in the first galleries at the opera-comique.

    Father Goriot Honore de Balzac
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opéra comique

/kɒˈmiːk; French ɔpera kɔmik/
noun (pl) opéras comiques (French) (ɔpera kɔmik)
a type of opera, not necessarily comic, current in France during the 19th century and characterized by spoken dialogue. It originated in satirical parodies of grand opera
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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