opéra comique

op·​éra co·​mique | \ ˈō-pā-rä-kä-ˈmēk How to pronounce opéra comique (audio) , -kō-, ˈä-p(ə-)rə- \

Definition of opéra comique

: an opera characterized by spoken dialogue interspersed between the arias and ensemble numbers — compare grand opera

First Known Use of opéra comique

1742, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opéra comique

French, literally, comic opera

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“Opéra comique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/op%C3%A9ra%20comique. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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