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commedia dell'arte

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Pronunciation: /kɒˈmeɪdɪə dɛlˈɑːteɪ
 
, komˈmɛdja delˈlarte/

Definition of commedia dell'arte in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th-18th centuries, based on stock characters. Actors adapted their comic dialogue and action according to a few basic plots (commonly love intrigues) and to topical issues.
Example sentences
  • These were worn by players in the Italian theater known as commedia dell'arte, which was popular in the 16th century.
  • The heroes of this strange and gripping twenty-first-century love story resemble personages from the Italian commedia dell'arte.
  • The story involves three characters from commedia dell'arte - Pierrot, Columbine, and Brighella - and uses them to illustrate the vulnerability of innocence.

Origin

Italian, 'comedy of art'.

Words that rhyme with commedia dell'arte

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