play·​let | \ ˈplā-lət How to pronounce playlet (audio) \

Definition of playlet

: a short play

Examples of playlet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Each of these distinctive playlets acknowledges this in both its mode of presentation, in which the illusion of intimacy is achieved through a cold screen, and its content. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 Maryann, a lawyer from Westchester County, volunteered to write our playlet. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 The playlets are reminiscent of those empty-calorie short stories from The New Yorker. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 19 June 2017 For the rest of the country, the only way to watch was from afar: on TV — there was no end of channels carrying it live — on a smartphone or computer screen, or unfolding as a playlet, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter. Mark Z. Barabak,, 8 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of playlet

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Playlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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