Definition of libretto
1 : the text of a work (such as an opera) for the musical theater
2 : the book containing a libretto
Recent Examples of libretto from the Web
Opera Maine will produce one-act chamber operas featuring librettos by the region’s youths.
Whole stretches of Mr. Kushner’s arresting dialogue, afire with political diatribes, are gone from the opera’s compact English libretto.
But that’s the purpose of a libretto reading — to find a story’s kinks and work them out — although Congdon seemed determined to maintain all the elements of Earthwise that confounded the audience.
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Origin and Etymology of libretto
Italian, diminutive of libro book, from Latin libr-, liber
First Known Use: 1742
LIBRETTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of libretto for English Language Learners
: the words of an opera or musical
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