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opera

Definition of opera

  1. plural of opus


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opera

play
noun op·era \ˈä-p(ə-)rə, Southern also ˈä-prē\

Definition of opera

  1. 1 :  a drama set to music and made up of vocal pieces with orchestral accompaniment and orchestral overtures (see 1overture 2) and interludes (see interlude 3); specifically :  grand opera Beethoven composed only one opera.

  2. 2 :  the score (see 1score 6) of a musical drama The composer finished the opera in just six weeks.

  3. 3 :  the performance of an opera The opera was delayed a half hour due to technical difficulties.; also :  a house where operas are performed We'll meet you at the opera at 7 p.m.

Examples of opera in a Sentence

  1. I am going to an opera tonight.

Origin and Etymology of opera

Italian, work, opera, from Latin, work, pains; akin to Latin oper-, opus — more at operate


First Known Use: 1848



OPERA Defined for English Language Learners

opera

play
noun

Definition of opera for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of performance in which actors sing all or most of the words of a play with music performed by an orchestra

  • : a show in which opera is performed

  • : a group of actors who perform operas together


OPERA Defined for Kids

opera

play
noun op·era \ˈä-pə-rə, ˈä-prə\

Definition of opera for Students

  1. :  a play in which the entire text is sung with orchestral accompaniment


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