[ ber-let-uh ]
/ bərˈlɛt ə /

noun Theater.

(in the 18th and 19th centuries) a musical drama containing rhymed lyrics and resembling comic opera or a comic play containing songs.


How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____

Origin of burletta

1740–50; < Italian, equivalent to burl(a) jest (see burlesque) + -etta -ette
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for burletta

  • It may be regarded as a species of prototype of the burletta or ballad opera of later days.

    A Book of Burlesque|Willam Davenport Adams
  • Every body liked the Burletta, but none were pleased with the music—which has induced me to reset it.

    Dr. Arne and Rule, Britannia|William Hayman Cummings
  • We move ourselves—they are moved by wires; but we do just the same things—we are life and we are art, in the burletta we are both.