Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Porgy and Bess

[pawr-gee uh n bes]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. an opera (1935) with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

porgy and bess in Culture

Porgy and Bess

[(pawr-gee)]

An opera with music by George Gershwin. It depicts life in the African-American community of Charleston, South Carolina. Porgy is a handicapped beggar who protects Bess, only to have her leave town with a rival. The songs “Summertime” and “It Ain't Necessarily So” are from Porgy and Bess.

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