zarzuela

[ zahr-zwey-luh, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lah, sahr-swe- ]
/ zɑrˈzweɪ lə, -ˈzwi-; Spanish θɑrˈθwɛ lɑ, sɑrˈswɛ- /

noun, plural zar·zue·las [zahr-zwey-luhz, -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.

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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
/ (zɑːˈzweɪlə) /

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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