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zarzuela

[zahr-zwey-luh, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lah, sahr-swe-] /zɑrˈzweɪ lə, -ˈzwi-; Spanish θɑrˈθwɛ lɑ, sɑrˈswɛ-/
noun, plural zarzuelas
[zahr-zwey-luh z, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lahs, sahr-swe-] /zɑrˈzweɪ ləz, -ˈzwi-; Spanish θɑrˈθwɛ lɑs, sɑrˈswɛ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and often a satirically treated, topical theme.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Spanish, after La Zarzuela, palace near Madrid where first performance took place (1629)
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British Dictionary definitions for zarzuela

zarzuela

/zɑːˈzweɪlə/
noun
1.
a type of Spanish vaudeville or operetta, usually satirical in nature
2.
a seafood stew
Word Origin
from Spanish, from La Zarzuela, name of the palace near Madrid where such vaudeville was first performed (1629)
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