zarzuela

[zahr-zwey-luh, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lah, sahr-swe-]
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noun, plural zar·zue·las [zahr-zwey-luh z, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lahs, sahr-swe-] /zɑrˈzweɪ ləz, -ˈzwi-; Spanish θɑrˈθwɛ lɑs, sɑrˈswɛ-/.

a Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and often a satirically treated, topical theme.

Nearby words

  1. zardeh kuh,
  2. zareba,
  3. zarf,
  4. zaria,
  5. zarqa,
  6. zastruga,
  7. zastrugi,
  8. zatishye,
  9. zatlers,
  10. zax

Origin of zarzuela

1885–90; < Spanish, after La Zarzuela, palace near Madrid where first performance took place (1629)

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British Dictionary definitions for zarzuela

zarzuela

noun

a type of Spanish vaudeville or operetta, usually satirical in nature
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Word Origin for zarzuela

from Spanish, from La Zarzuela, name of the palace near Madrid where such vaudeville was first performed (1629)

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