[ op-er-uh boo-fuh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah boof-fah ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə ˈbu fə, ˈɒp rə; Italian ˈɔ pɛ rɑ ˈbuf fɑ /
noun, plural o·pe·ra buf·fas, o·pe·ras buf·fa, Italian o·pe·re buf·fe [aw-pe-re boof-fe] /ˈɔ pɛ rɛ ˈbuf fɛ/.
an Italian farcical comic opera originating in the 18th century and containing recitativo secco, patter songs, and ensemble finales.
the operatic genre comprising such works.
Origin of opera buffa
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for opera buffa
It was an opera-buffa, the music of Burellano was excellent, and the singers were very good.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for opera buffa
/ (ˈbuːfə, Italian ˈopera ˈbuffa) /
noun plural opera buffas or opere buffe (Italian ˈopere ˈbuffe)
comic opera, esp that originating in Italy during the 18th century
Word Origin for opera buffa
from Italian: comic opera
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