comic-opera

[ kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh ]
/ ˈkɒm ɪkˈɒp ər ə, -ˈɒp rə /

adjective

comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects: a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield.

Definition for comic-opera (2 of 2)

comic opera


noun

a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending.
the tradition or genre of such operas.

Origin of comic opera

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for comic-opera

comic opera


noun

a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situationsSee also opéra bouffe, opera buffa
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