opéra comique


op·​éra co·​mique
-kō- How to pronounce opéra comique (audio)
: an opera characterized by spoken dialogue interspersed between the arias and ensemble numbers compare grand opera

Word History


French, literally, comic opera

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opéra comique was in 1742

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“Opéra comique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/op%C3%A9ra%20comique. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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