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singspiel

[sing-speel; German zing-shpeel] /ˈsɪŋˌspil; German ˈzɪŋˌʃpil/
noun
1.
a German opera, especially of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < German, equivalent to sing(en) to sing + Spiel play
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Singspiel

/ˈzɪŋʃpiːl/
noun
1.
a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
Word Origin
literally: singing play
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Word Origin and History for singspiel
n.

1876, from German Singspiel, literally "a singing play," from singen "to sing" (see sing (v.)) + Spiel "a play" (see spiel). Kind of performance popular in Germany late 18c.

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