Sing-spiel

singspiel

[sing-speel; German zing-shpeel]
noun
a German opera, especially of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.

Origin:
1880–85; < German, equivalent to sing(en) to sing + Spiel play

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Singspiel (ˈzɪŋʃpiːl)
 
n
a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
 
[literally: singing play]

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singspiel
1876, from Ger., lit. "a singing play," from singen "to sing" + Spiel "a play." Kind of performance popular in Germany late 18c.
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