a short play.

Origin of playlet

First recorded in 1880–85; play + -let Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for playlet

Historical Examples of playlet

  • My quaint New England spinster is gone and with her all the point of my playlet.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • The utter childlikeness of this playlet is one of its chief charms.

    The American Country Girl

    Martha Foote Crow

  • Like many other works of mine, this playlet is a piece d'occasion.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

    George Bernard Shaw

  • He spun his chair about, activated the large entertainment screen, and spent some time watching a playlet.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • Grimsby did not write a monologue for me, so I must pantomime: you will have to carry the speaking part of our playlet.

    The Voice on the Wire

    Eustace Hale Ball

British Dictionary definitions for playlet



a short play
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