Savoyard

Savoyard

[suh-voi-erd, sav-oi-ahrd; French sa-vwa-yar]
noun, plural Savoyards [suh-voi-erdz, sav-oi-ahrdz; French sa-vwa-yar] .
1.
a native or inhabitant of Savoy.
2.
a person enthusiastic about or connected with Gilbert and Sullivan operas: so called from the Savoy Theater in London, where the operas were first presented.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Savoy, its people, or their dialect.

Origin:
1690–1700; < French; see Savoy, -ard

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Savoyard1 (səˈvɔɪɑːd, French savwajar)
 
n
1.  a native of Savoy
2.  the dialect of French spoken in Savoy
 
adj
3.  of or relating to Savoy, its inhabitants, or their dialect

Savoyard2 (səˈvɔɪɑːd)
 
n
1.  a person keenly interested in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
2.  a person who takes part in these operettas
 
[C20: from the Savoy Theatre, built in London in 1881 by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the presentation of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan]

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