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opéra comique

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noun opéra co·mique \-kä-ˈmēk, -kō-\

Definition of opéra comique

  1. :  an opera characterized by spoken dialogue interspersed between the arias and ensemble numbers — compare grand opera



Origin and Etymology of opéra comique

French, literally, comic opera


First Known Use: 1744

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