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

First recorded in 1905–10

Other definitions for comic opera (2 of 2)

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.
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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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