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opéra bouffe

[op-er-uh boof, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra boof] /ˈɒp ər ə ˈbuf, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf/
noun, plural opéra bouffes, opéras bouffe French, opéras bouffes
[aw-pey-ra boof] /ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf/ (Show IPA)
a comic opera, especially of farcical character.
Origin of opéra bouffe
Borrowed into English from French around 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A mere outline of what followed reads like the scenario of an opera bouffe.

  • Never fear; I should not like to miss the finale to this opera bouffe.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • At least it was different from anything we had had lately—and perhaps not at all opera bouffe, either.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • And you are lucky if it isn't some indecent piece from some opera bouffe!

    The Marquis of Pealta (Marta y Mara) Armando Palacio Valds
  • Why had He taken the pains to fashion this opera bouffe of a world at all?

    The Way of the Wind

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  • It was the Italian opera bouffe on the most charming stage in the world.

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  • And the opera bouffe of "saving our form of government" was staged.

    The Centralia Conspiracy Ralph Chaplin
  • There was something of the opera bouffe about his methods which abstracted from the brilliancy of his success.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • Before we could spread a wing, a little guard of opera bouffe soldiers was rounding the corner.

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British Dictionary definitions for opera bouffe

opéra bouffe

/ˈɒpərə ˈbuːf; French ɔpera buf/
noun (pl) opéras bouffes (French) (ɔpera buf)
a type of light or satirical opera common in France during the 19th century
Word Origin
from French: comic opera
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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