|vaudeville (ˈvəʊdəvɪl, ˈvɔː-)|
|1.||chiefly (US), (Canadian) Brit name: music hall variety entertainment consisting of short acts such as acrobatic turns, song-and-dance routines, animal acts, etc, popular esp in the early 20th century|
|2.||a light or comic theatrical piece interspersed with songs and dances|
|[C18: from French, from vaudevire satirical folk song, shortened from chanson du vau de Vire song of the valley of Vire, a district in Normandy where this type of song flourished]|
Light theatrical entertainment, popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consisting of a succession of short acts. A vaudeville show usually included comedians, singers, dancers, jugglers, trained animals, magicians, and the like.