Definition of opéra bouffe in English:

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opéra bouffe

Pronunciation: /ˈäp(ə)rə ˈbo͞of/ /ˌôpārä/

noun (plural opéras bouffes pronounced same)

1A French comic opera, with dialogue in recitative and characters drawn from everyday life.
Example sentences
  • At the other end of the spectrum from Meyerbeer, and aimed directly at the audience of the Exhibitions, was the opéra bouffe of the German-Jewish composer, Jacques Offenbach.
  • Le Testament de la Tante Caroline (‘Aunt Caroline's Will’, 1932-3; staged 1936), a bawdy opéra bouffe, was popular in France though not elsewhere.
1.1Opéra bouffe as a genre.


French, from Italian (see opera buffa).

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Syllabification: o·pé·ra bouffe

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