operetta

[op-uh-ret-uh]
noun
a short opera, usually of a light and amusing character.

Origin:
1760–70; < Italian, diminutive of opera opera1

operettist, noun
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operetta (ˌɒpəˈrɛtə)
 
n
a type of comic or light-hearted opera
 
[C18: from Italian: a small opera1]
 
oper'ettist
 
n

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operetta
"light opera," 1775, from It. operetta, dim. of opera.
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operetta definition


Comic or lighthearted operas of the kind written by Gilbert and Sullivan. Operettas generally have a substantial amount of spoken (not sung) dialogue.

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Example sentences
At one end, a television mounted high on the wall shows an operetta, without the sound.
For the operetta devotee, this production has some things to offer.
He specialized in operetta and the creative reworking of plots and melodies from pre-existing sources.
The school also attempted to make money using such techniques as operetta performances.
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