playlet

noun

play·​let ˈplā-lət How to pronounce playlet (audio)
: a short play

Examples of playlet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shaffer had seen in Pushkin’s playlet the rudiments of a grand spectacle, framed, like so many of his plays, as a duel between two men of different generations. Simon Callow, The New York Review of Books, 22 Dec. 2022 Its young playwrights, particularly Mr. Patrick, churned out plays, playlets and monologues akin to TikToks, as Don Shewey, the author and theater critic, said in a phone interview. Penelope Green, New York Times, 2 May 2023 Its young playwrights, particularly Mr. Patrick, churned out plays, playlets and monologues akin to TikToks, Don Shewey, an author and theater critic, said in a phone interview. Penelope Green, BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2023 The video is a two-hander playlet. Steven Levy, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 The chance to do more of it presented itself during the pandemic, when Monahon worked on virtual playlets for the 24 Hour Plays. Rhoda Feng, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023 In the second playlet, Visitor from Hollywood, Broderick swaps the starchy gray business suit for mod plaid pants, a rust hipster jacket and turtleneck sweater, as well as mutton-chop sideburns, to play Jesse Kiplinger, the Midas Touch producer who has never made a movie that lost money. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 The playlet is a delirious valentine to those with a level of passion for theater that defies reason — and a pledge of allegiance to the experience of seeing things live. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2021 Performed on Zoom, with an important supporting performance by WhatsApp, the playlet also involves the relationship between the course’s instructors, portrayed by Da’Von Moody, a D.C. actor, and Cormac Elliott, an actor based in London. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playlet was in 1884

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“Playlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/playlet. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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playlet

noun
play·​let ˈplā-lət How to pronounce playlet (audio)
: a short play

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