opera, opera house

(noun) a building where musical dramas are performed


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(noun) a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


opera (countable and uncountable, plural operas or opere)

(music) A theatrical work, combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.

(music) The score for such a work.

A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.

A company dedicated to performing such works.

(by extension) Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembling an opera.

Etymology 2



plural of opus; a collection of work.


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Source: Wiktionary

Op"er*a, n. Etym: [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. opéra. See Operate.]

1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting of recitative, arials, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes, together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a lyric drama.

2. The score of a musical drama, either written or in print; a play set to music.

3. The house where operas are exhibited. Opéra bouffe Etym: [F. opéra opera + bouffe comic, It.buffo], Opera buffa Etym: [It.], light, farcical, burlesque opera.

– Opera box, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium of an opera house for the use of a small private party.

– Opéra comique Etym: [F.], comic or humorous opera.

– Opera flannel, a light flannel, highly finished. Knight.

– Opera girl (Bot.), an East Indian plant (Mantisia saltatoria) of the Ginger family, sometimes seen in hothouses. It has curious flowers which have some resemblance to a ballet dancer, whence the popular name. Called also dancing girls.

– Opera glass, a short telescope with concave eye lenses of low power, usually made double, that is, with a tube and set of glasses for each eye; a lorgnette; -- so called because adapted for use at the opera, theater, etc.

– Opera hat, a gentleman's folding hat.

– Opera house, specifically, a theater devoted to the performance of operas.

– Opera seria Etym: [It.], serious or tragic opera; grand opera.


O"pus, n.; pl. Opera. Etym: [L. See Opera.]

Definition: A work; specif. (Mus.), a musical composition.

Note: Each composition, or set of pieces, as the composer may choose, is called an opus, and they are numbered in the order of their issue. (Often abbrev. to op.)

Opus incertum. Etym: [L.] (Arch.) See under Incertum.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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