op·​er·​et·​ta ˌä-pə-ˈre-tə How to pronounce operetta (audio)
: a usually romantic comic opera that includes songs and dancing
operettist noun

Examples of operetta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will also be cabaret evenings featuring opera, operetta and Broadway scenes at 7:30 p.m. July 5 and 6 at an as-yet unannounced location. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2024 The result is a riveting suite of pop operettas mixing R&B melodies with alt-rock riffs, voice-note recordings, phone-notification pings, and anxious ad libs, all stitched together in Gray’s sprawling self-productions. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 29 Mar. 2024 Baby Driver was almost like an operetta all the way through. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 As the demands on the Golden Fish escalate, an ominous note creeps into the musical underscoring, which otherwise often evokes comic operetta. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for operetta 

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of opera

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of operetta was in 1770

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“Operetta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operetta. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


op·​er·​et·​ta ˌäp-ə-ˈret-ə How to pronounce operetta (audio)
: a light play set to music with speaking, singing, and dancing scenes

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