opéra bouffe

[op-er-uh boof, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra boof]

noun, plural o·pé·ra bouffes, o·pé·ras bouffe, French o·pé·ras bouffes [aw-pey-ra boof] /ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf/.

a comic opera, especially of farcical character.

Origin of opéra bouffe

Borrowed into English from French around 1865–70
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opéra bouffe

noun plural opéras bouffes (French ɔpera buf)

a type of light or satirical opera common in France during the 19th century

Word Origin for opéra bouffe

from French: comic opera
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