[kuh-mey-dee-uh del-ahr-tee; Italian kawm-me-dyah del-lahr-te]
noun, plural com·me·di·a dell'ar·tes, com·me·di·as dell'ar·te, Italian com·me·die dell'ar·te [kawm-me-dye del-lahr-te] /kɔmˈmɛ dyɛ dɛlˈlɑr tɛ/.
Italian popular comedy, developed chiefly during the 16th–18th centuries, in which masked entertainers improvised from a plot outline based on themes associated with stock characters and situations.
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Origin of commedia dell'arte
1875–80; < Italian: literally, comedy of art
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a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline
Word Origin for commedia dell'arte
Italian, literally: comedy of art
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