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commedia dell'arte

[kuh-mey-dee-uh del-ahr-tee; Italian kawm-me-dyah del-lahr-te] /kəˈmeɪ di ə dɛlˈɑr ti; Italian kɔmˈmɛ dyɑ dɛlˈlɑr tɛ/
noun, plural commedia dell'artes, commedias dell'arte Italian, commedie dell'arte
[kawm-me-dye del-lahr-te] /kɔmˈmɛ dyɛ dɛlˈlɑr tɛ/ (Show IPA)
Italian popular comedy, developed chiefly during the 16th–18th centuries, in which masked entertainers improvised from a plot outline based on themes associated with stock characters and situations.
Origin of commedia dell'arte
1875-80; < Italian: literally, comedy of art Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte

/Italian kɔmˈmeːdia delˈlarte/
a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline
Word Origin
Italian, literally: comedy of art
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Word Origin and History for commedia dell'arte

1877, Italian, literally "comedy of art;" see comedy + art (n.).

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