Simple Definition of vaudeville
: a type of entertainment that was popular in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and that had many different performers doing songs, dances, and comic acts
Full Definition of vaudeville
1 : a light often comic theatrical piece frequently combining pantomime, dialogue, dancing, and song
2 : stage entertainment consisting of various acts (as performing animals, comedians, or singers)
Examples of vaudeville
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Origin of vaudeville
French, from Middle French, popular satirical song, alteration of vaudevire, from vau-de-Vire valley of Vire, town in northwest France where such songs were composed
First Known Use: 1827
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