noun vaude·ville \ˈvd-vəl, ˈväd-, ˈvōd-, -ˌvil; ˈv-də-, ˈvä-, ˈvō-\

: 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

:  a light often comic theatrical piece frequently combining pantomime, dialogue, dancing, and song
:  stage entertainment consisting of various acts (as performing animals, comedians, or singers)
vaude·vil·lian \ˌvd-ˈvil-yən, ˌväd-, ˌvōd-; ˌv-də-, ˌvä-, ˌvō-\ noun or adjective

Examples of VAUDEVILLE

  1. She became a big star in 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

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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