One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural opéras bouffes
1A French comic opera, with dialogue in recitative and characters drawn from everyday life.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Opéra bouffe as a genre.
French, from Italian (see opera buffa).
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