[kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh]


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

comic opera


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for comic-opera

Historical Examples of comic-opera

  • American comic-opera in those countries; can you imagine it?

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Jim felt that the Government had buncoed him into this comic-opera chorus.

  • She had been first a comic-opera singer, and later had earned good money by giving singing lessons.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost

  • Unhappily his comic-opera politics prove that in attempting Parnassus he mistook his mountain.

    Books and Persons

    Arnold Bennett

  • You almost expect to see a chorus of comic-opera brigands or a bevy of stage milkmaids come trooping out of the wings any minute.

    Roughing it De Luxe

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for comic-opera

comic opera


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