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opera

Definition of opera

  1. plural of opus


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opera

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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 and interludes; specifically :  grand opera

  2. 2 :  the score of a musical drama

  3. 3 :  the performance of an opera; also :  a house where operas are performed

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: 1644



OPERA Defined for English Language Learners


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opera

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

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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