opéra comique

noun
op·éra co·mique | \ˈō-pā-rä-kä-ˈmēk, -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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