Definition of zarzuela
: a usually comic Spanish operetta
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Did You Know?
Zarzuela is connected with the Spanish opera La Zarzuela, which entranced audiences with its different vocal and musical styles. The word toured into English in the 18th century. Alfred Einstein (the musicologist cousin of Albert) assisted in its establishment in the language by including it in his 1947 work Music in the Romantic Era. More recently, the word has begun to appear on the Spanish culinary stage as a term for a rich and savory seafood dish. A couple of the specific entrées that have emerged are the piebald "zarzuela de maiscos," a mixture of seafood, and the "zarzuela de pescados," a potpourri of fish.
Origin and Etymology of zarzuela
Spanish, probably from La Zarzuela, royal residence near Madrid where it was first performed
First Known Use: 1770
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