op·​era·​go·​er ˈä-p(ə-)rə-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce operagoer (audio)
: a person who frequently goes to operas
operagoing noun

Examples of operagoer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tension and anticipation operagoers may feel as the ring appears onstage is not all that different from the mood among fight fans or sportswriters in the moments before a big bout. Victor Mather, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Even a novice operagoer will get a thrill from experiencing a piece by one of the most famous composers of all time! Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2023 Once some operagoers broke their habit of regularly attending, they either stopped going or went less often. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 Dufour confirmed that most of the audience was made up of nontraditional operagoers and said that about 56 percent of the audience in Montreal was not in the opera's database. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, 13 July 2018 The idea is to let non-English-speaking audience members follow a show, word for word, on their phones, much as moviegoers or even operagoers have done with subtitles for decades. Charles Passy, WSJ, 4 June 2018 As older generations of operagoers retire or move or pass away, opera companies need to bring in newer, younger generations of patrons to replace them, particularly millennials. David Lyman, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2018 The dress code will be so relaxed that many operagoers may opt for onesies. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2018 The show may be too grandiose for the Lyric Opera stage but a transplant to the Met is said to be on the books, which is good news for American operagoers. ‘ John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of operagoer was in 1850

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“Operagoer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operagoer. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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