commedia dell'arte

noun
com·me·dia del·l'ar·te | \ kə-ˌmā-dē-ə-(ˌ)del-ˈär-tē , kə-ˌme- \

Definition of commedia dell'arte 

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

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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