[ 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.
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Origin of opera buffa
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1795–1805
Words nearby opera buffa
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Example sentences 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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