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


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

Origin of singspiel

1880–85; <German, equivalent to sing(en) to sing + Spiel play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for singspiel

  • A Singspiel in three scenes, a free rendering of Comala with the original ending unchanged.

    Ossian in Germany|Rudolf Tombo
  • The old German singspiel form is preserved in the original score of "Der Freischtz," which contains spoken dialogue.

    How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
  • Leipsic and Vienna made earnest attempts to support the German "singspiel" (song-play).

    How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
  • Did not Wagner himself recommend a budding bard to start his musical career with a Singspiel?

    The Opera|R.A. Streatfeild

British Dictionary definitions for singspiel

/ German (ˈzɪŋʃpiːl) /


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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