buffo

noun
buf·​fo | \ ˈbü-(ˌ)fō How to pronounce buffo (audio) \
plural buffi\ ˈbü-​(ˌ)fē How to pronounce buffo (audio) \ or buffos

Definition of buffo

: clown, buffoon specifically : a male singer of comic roles in opera

Synonyms for buffo

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Examples of buffo in a Sentence

in the comic opera, the buffo shared his entrance aria with a grimacing mime
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of the buffo landlord Benoit coming for the rent, the four Bohemians impersonate him themselves in a skit that was a little beyond the L.A. cast’s comic skills. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2019 Alessandro Corbelli brought seasoned basso-buffo authority to the manipulative Alfonso. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of buffo

1764, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buffo

Italian, from buffone

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“Buffo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffo. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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