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Origin of burlesque

1650鈥60; <French <Italian burlesco, equivalent to burl(a) jest (perhaps <Spanish; cf. burladero) + -esco-esque

synonym study for burlesque

1. Burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty refer to the literary or dramatic forms that imitate serious works or subjects to achieve a humorous or satiric purpose. The characteristic device of burlesque is mockery of both high and low through association with their opposites: a burlesque of high and low life. Caricature, usually associated with visual arts or with visual effects in literary works, implies exaggeration of characteristic details: The caricature emphasized his nose. Parody achieves its humor through application of the manner or technique, usually of a well-known writer, to unaccustomed subjects: a parody by Swift. Travesty implies a grotesque form of burlesque: characters so changed as to produce a travesty.

OTHER WORDS FROM burlesque

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burlesque

burlesque , caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at the current entry)
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How to use burlesque in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for burlesque

burlesque
/ (b蓽藧藞l蓻sk) /

noun
an artistic work, esp literary or dramatic, satirizing a subject by caricaturing it
a ludicrous imitation or caricature
a play of the 17th鈥19th centuries that parodied some contemporary dramatic fashion or event
Also: burlesk US and Canadian theatre a bawdy comedy show of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the striptease eventually became one of its chief elementsSlang name: burleycue
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a burlesque
verb -lesques, -lesquing or -lesqued
to represent or imitate (a person or thing) in a ludicrous way; caricature

Derived forms of burlesque

burlesquer, noun

Word Origin for burlesque

C17: from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla a jest, piece of nonsense
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