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Attributive Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Palais Royal Theatre in Paris; specifically (of a play or other entertainment) bawdy, risqué; lively, boisterous.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Smith (1775–1839), writer and humorist. From the name of the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, which opened in 1831 and was dedicated to popular comedy.
Palais Royal/ˌpaleɪ rɔɪˈjɑːl//ˌpaleɪ rwaˈjɑːl/
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