- a short opera, usually of a light and amusing character.
Origin of operetta
1760–70; < Italian, diminutive of opera opera1
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Examples from the Web for operetta
Her only attempt in larger form is the operetta "Elle et Lui."Woman's Work in Music
He decided to start with something easy and dash off an Operetta.Ade's Fables
Although she did not say so, she was sorry that Mignon had been given a principal's part in the operetta.
Did Jerry tell you that Laurie Armitage has finished his operetta?
The operetta was to be sung in the Sanford Theatre, where the dress rehearsal had been held.
- a type of comic or light-hearted opera
C18: from Italian: a small opera 1
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Word Origin and History for operetta
"light opera," 1775, from Italian operetta, diminutive of opera.
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