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English Dictionary: opera by the DICT Development Group
3 results for opera
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
  2. a commercial browser
  3. a building where musical dramas are performed
    Synonym(s): opera, opera house
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Opera \Op"er*a\, n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed
      to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains work, fr. opus,
      operis, work, labor: cf. F. op[82]ra. 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.
      {[d8]Op[82]ra bouffe} [F. op[82]ra opera + bouffe comic, It.
            buffo], {[d8]Opera buffa} [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.
      {[d8]Op[82]ra comique} [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.
      {[d8]Opera seria} [It.], serious or tragic opera; grand

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   d8Opus \[d8]O"pus\, n.; pl. {Opera}. [L. See {Opera}.]
      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.)
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