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burlesque

play
noun bur·lesque \(ˌ)bər-ˈlesk\

Definition of burlesque

  1. 1 literature :  a literary or dramatic work that seeks to ridicule by means of grotesque exaggeration or comic imitation a burlesque of Victorian society

  2. 2 :  mockery usually by caricature a writer whose burlesque often bordered on cruelty

  3. 3 :  theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns (see 2turn 4d), comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts performers who got their start in burlesque

burlesque

adjective

burlesquely

adverb

Examples of burlesque in a Sentence

  1. The book is a burlesque of Victorian society.

  2. a writer whose burlesque often bordered on cruelty

  3. Several important 20th-century performers got their start in burlesque.

Origin and Etymology of burlesque

burlesque, adjective, comic, droll, from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla joke, from Spanish


First Known Use: 1667

Synonym Discussion of burlesque

caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject. caricatures of politicians in cartoons burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment. a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work. a witty parody of a popular novel travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd. this production is a travesty of the opera

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burlesque

verb bur·lesque

Definition of burlesque

burlesqued

;

burlesquing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to imitate in a humorous or derisive manner :  mock a work burlesquing Sherlock Holmes

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to employ burlesque a temptation to burlesque

burlesquer

noun

Examples of burlesque in a Sentence

  1. burlesquing the teacher's nervous tic isn't very nice

Origin and Etymology of burlesque

see 1burlesque


First Known Use: 1676


BURLESQUE Defined for English Language Learners

burlesque

play
noun

Definition of burlesque for English Language Learners

  • : 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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