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[aw-fuh n-bahk, of-uh n-; for 1 also French aw-fen-bak; for 2 also German awf-uh n-bahkh]
  1. Jacques [zhahk] /ʒɑk/, 1819–80, French composer.
  2. a city in S Hesse, in central Germany, on the Main River, near Frankfurt.
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Examples from the Web for offenbach

Historical Examples

  • It was all so like a situation out of an opéra bouffe of Offenbach.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • There is a monastery at Offenbach where they have ice throughout the year.

  • Finally, Offenbach discovered her and wrote for her his Jolie Parfumeuse.

  • She preferred Offenbach, and she never became a cultivated musician.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

  • In another minute Dare entered, humming the latest air of Offenbach.

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for offenbach


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