commedia dell'arte

com·​me·​dia del·​l'ar·​te | \ kə-ˌmā-dē-ə-(ˌ)del-ˈär-tē How to pronounce commedia dell'arte (audio) , kə-ˌme- \

Definition of commedia dell'arte

: Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters

Examples of commedia dell'arte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The initiative kicks off April 2 with Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors, a rollicking update of Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell'arte classic, The Servant of Two Masters, relocated to the English seaside town of Brighton in 1963. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Corden in 'One Man, Two Guvnors' to Kick Off NT Live Free Programming," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of commedia dell'arte

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commedia dell'arte

Italian, literally, comedy of art

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“Commedia dell'arte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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