operetta

noun
op·​er·​et·​ta | \ ˌä-pə-ˈre-tə How to pronounce operetta (audio) \

Definition of operetta

: a usually romantic comic opera that includes songs and dancing

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Other Words from operetta

operettist \ ˌä-​pə-​ˈre-​tist How to pronounce operettist (audio) \ noun

Examples of operetta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Kosky’s manically avant-garde approach, presented in 2019, adds new dimensions of delirium to an operetta that’s already plenty intoxicating. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 1 Oct. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 Jill Anna Ponasik directs an English-language production of the Strauss operetta, which will be set in Milwaukee and filled with local references. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight Music Theatre revamps 2020-'21 season, plans small-cast shows for limited-capacity audiences," 1 Sep. 2020 The music not only fuses hip-hop and musical theater influences, but also nods to the genres and styles that have informed them, from operetta to girl-group R&B to orchestral rock. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch 'Hamilton' at home on Disney+," 19 May 2020 The witty script glitters with the couple’s duelling voice-over accounts of the way things happened; the effervescent score, by André Previn, seems to set their voices to lilting music as if in a virtual operetta. The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: “Better Call Saul,” “Designing Woman,” and Kenneth Branagh," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of operetta

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operetta

Italian, diminutive of opera

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The first known use of operetta was in 1770

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Operetta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operetta. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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operetta

noun
How to pronounce operetta (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of operetta

: a usually short and funny opera that includes dancing

operetta

noun
op·​er·​et·​ta | \ ˌä-pə-ˈre-tə How to pronounce operetta (audio) \

Kids Definition of operetta

: a funny play set to music with speaking, singing, and dancing scenes

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