singspiel

noun
sing·​spiel | \ ˈsiŋ-ˌspēl How to pronounce singspiel (audio) , ˈziŋ-ˌshpēl \

Definition of singspiel

: a musical work popular in Germany especially in the latter part of the 18th century characterized by spoken dialogue interspersed with songs

First Known Use of singspiel

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for singspiel

German, from singen to sing + Spiel play

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The first known use of singspiel was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Singspiel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singspiel. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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