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singspiel

[ sing-speel; German zing-shpeel ]
/ ˈsɪŋˌspil; German ˈzɪŋˌʃpil /
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noun

a German opera, especially of the 18th century, using spoken dialogue and resembling ballad opera.

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Origin of singspiel

1880–85; <German, equivalent to sing(en) to sing + Spiel play
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British Dictionary definitions for singspiel

Singspiel
/ German (ˈzɪŋʃpiːl) /

noun

a type of comic opera in German with spoken dialogue, popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries

Word Origin for Singspiel

literally: singing play
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