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opéra comique

[op-er-uh ko-meek, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ˈɒp ər ə kɒˈmik, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/
noun, plural opéra comiques, opéras comique French, operas comiques
[aw-pey-ra kaw-meek] /ɔ peɪ ra kɔˈmik/ (Show IPA)
Origin of opéra comique
Borrowed into English from French around 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for opera comique
Historical Examples
  • Perhaps it is next season I am to sing in the opera comique.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • At the opera comique, where he was engaged, he did not succeed.

  • The day after you had been introduced to me at the opera comique.

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • Pretty well everything was acted at the theatre of Quiquendone; but the opera and the opera comique were especially patronized.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • opera comique represented truly the national taste of the Gauls.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • He haf found him when he was a child—der orangoutang—und he was child and brother and opera comique all round to Bertran.

  • We went to the upper boxes of the opera comique and enjoyed ourselves very well.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • Her success was assured when she made her début in the first-named opera at the opera comique, in Paris, in 1889.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • Look down from your box at the opera comique, mademoiselle, and count the bald crowns of the fast young men in the pit.

  • Andrews leaned on the balustrade of the balcony, looking down into the square in front of the opera comique.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for opera comique

opéra comique

/kɒˈmiːk; French ɔpera kɔmik/
noun (pl) opéras comiques (French) (ɔpera kɔmik)
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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