[ aw-fuhn-bahk, of-uhn-; for 1 also French aw-fen-bak; for 2 also German awf-uhn-bahkh ]

  1. Jacques [zhahk], /ʒɑk/, 1819–80, French composer.

  2. a city in S Hesse, in central Germany, on the Main River, near Frankfurt.

Words Nearby Offenbach Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Offenbach in a sentence

  • They read good books instead of bad ones, they prefer a beautiful picture to a showy one, and Beethoven to Offenbach.

    Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • Close to my hotel there was a roofless theatre crammed with people, where they were giving Offenbach.

    The Rhythm of Life | Alice Meynell
  • The tiresome article on Offenbach goes to the extremest limits about his comic spirit.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 | Gustave Flaubert
  • A detail to note is that the orchestra was conducted by Offenbach.

    Masters of French Music | Arthur Hervey
  • Truly, to them, as to the Sabreur of Offenbach, nothing is sacred.

British Dictionary definitions for Offenbach (1 of 2)


/ (German ˈɔfənbax) /

  1. a city in central Germany, on the River Main in Hesse opposite Frankfurt am Main: leather-goods industry. Pop: 119 208 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for Offenbach (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɒfənˌbɑːk, French ɔfɛnbak) /

  1. Jacques (ʒɑk). 1819–80, German-born French composer of many operettas, including Orpheus in the Underworld (1858), and of the opera The Tales of Hoffmann (1881)

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