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opera buffa

[ 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 /
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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.

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Origin of opera buffa

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for opera buffa

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
from Italian: comic opera
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