Definition of burlesque
- a burlesque of Victorian society
- a writer whose burlesque often bordered on cruelty
- performers who got their start in burlesque
The book is a burlesque of Victorian society.
a writer whose burlesque often bordered on cruelty
Several important 20th-century performers got their start in burlesque.
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First Known Use: 1667See Words from the same year
burlesquing the teacher's nervous tic isn't very nice
: a play, story, novel, etc., that makes a serious subject seem funny or ridiculous
: a kind of entertainment that was popular in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and that included funny performances, singing, dancing, etc., and sometimes performances in which women took off their clothes
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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