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musical comedy

musical (def 5).
Origin of musical comedy
First recorded in 1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You'll look much more like musical comedy than sober service.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • "That sounds more like musical comedy," said Eric doubtfully.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • The woman who is divorced every season––and stars in musical comedy?

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • I remember that he was humming, as was his fashion, a snatch from a musical comedy.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • A musical comedy, and quite a good one, I've heard them say.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • And I expect you've got quite a wrong idea of musical comedy.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • You've never been in the chorus of a musical comedy, have you?

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • They collaborate in a blend of comic opera and musical comedy.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • There a musical comedy actress went by, who had "married a swell."

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for musical comedy

musical comedy

a play or film, usually having a light romantic story, that consists of dialogue interspersed with singing and dancing
such plays and films collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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musical comedy in Culture

musical comedy definition

A play or film that highlights song and dance. Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and The Producers are well-known musical comedies.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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