buf·​fo | \ˈbü-(ˌ)fō \
plural buffi\ -​(ˌ)fē \ or buffos

Definition of buffo 

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

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Synonyms for buffo


buffoon, clown, harlequin, zany

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Examples of buffo in a Sentence

in the comic opera, the buffo shared his entrance aria with a grimacing mime

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Alessandro Corbelli brought seasoned basso-buffo authority to the manipulative Alfonso. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric revival of Mozart's romantic comedy 'Cosi Fan Tutte' touches the heart," 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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full of whispering sounds

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