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opéra comique

[op-er-uh ko-meek, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra kaw-meek]
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noun, plural o·pé·ra co·miques, o·pé·ras co·mique, French o·pe·ras co·miques [aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/.
  1. comic opera.

Origin of opéra comique

Borrowed into English from French around 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for opera comique

Historical Examples

  • He adjusts his cravat, and strikes various attitudes for the benefit of the women in the first galleries at the Opera-Comique.

    Father Goriot

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for opera comique

opéra comique

noun plural opéras comiques (French ɔpera kɔmik)
  1. a type of opera, not necessarily comic, current in France during the 19th century and characterized by spoken dialogue. It originated in satirical parodies of grand opera
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