[ op-er-uh-boof, op-ruh; French aw-pey-ra-boof ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə ˈbuf, ˈɒp rə; French ɔ peɪ ra ˈbuf /
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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.
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Origin of opéra bouffe
Borrowed into English from French around 1865–70
Words nearby opéra bouffe
open with, openwork, OPer., opera, operable, opéra bouffe, opera buffa, opera cloak, opéra comique, opera glasses, operagoer
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How to use opéra bouffe in a sentence
Then why demand of Ailes that his opera bouffe company treat you as anything other than an interloper?How Fox News Outsmarted the White House|John Batchelor|October 14, 2009|DAILY BEAST
This score, the first comic work I ever did, is in a light and easy style which savours of the Italian opera-bouffe.
Altogether this opera bouffe hotel is neither bad nor good, and most confusing as to its personnel and their conduct.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car|Francis Miltoun
An opera is a musical drama, the higher forms of which are known as grand opera, and the lower or farcical forms as opera bouffe.
What is the difference between grand opera and opera bouffe?
Opera-bouffe and Gilbert and Sullivan are preferred to everything else.Town Life in Australia|R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
British Dictionary definitions for opéra bouffe
/ (ˈɒpərə ˈbuːf, French ɔpera buf) /
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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