Definition of opéra bouffe in US English:

opéra bouffe


  • 1A French comic opera, with dialogue in recitative and characters drawn from everyday life.

    ‘the libretto for Offenbach's opéra bouffe’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Opéra bouffe as a genre.


French, from Italian (see opera buffa).


opéra bouffe

/ˈäp(ə)rə ˈbo͞of/