opera[äp′ə rə, äp′rə]
opera definition by Webster's New World
- a play having all or most of its text set to music, with arias, recitatives, choruses, duets, trios, etc. sung to orchestral accompaniment, usually characterized by elaborate costuming, scenery, and choreography
- the branch of art represented by such plays
- the score, libretto, or performance of such a play
- a theater in which operas are given
Origin: Italian ; from Classical Latin a work, labor, akin to opus: see opus
opera definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A theatrical presentation in which a dramatic performance is set to music.
- The score of such a work.
- A theater designed primarily for operas.
Origin: Italian, work, opera, from Latin, work, service; see op- in Indo-European roots.
opera - Computer Definition
(1) (OPERA) (Open PLC European Research Alliance) A research consortium dedicated to expanding power line communications (PLC) throughout Europe. For more information, visit www.ist-opera.org. See PLC.
(2) (Opera) A Web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux from Opera Software, Oslo, Norway (www.opera.com). Developed at Telenor (Norwegian Telecom) in 1994 and commercialized by Opera in 1995, it is noted for its fast rendering of Web pages. Opera was the first browser to offer a host of unique features such as enlarging text and graphic elements on the page and displaying multiple windows with only one instance of the program running. In 2005, the paid version was made free. Mobile Versions: Mobile and Mini Smartphone versions of Opera are also available. Opera Mini runs on most platforms while the newer HTML5-based Opera Mobile does not run on the iPhone.
opera - Cultural Definition
Variant of opus
Origin: Classical Latin a work ; from Indo-European an unverified form ops ; from base an unverified form op-, to work, riches from source Classical Latin ops, riches, Sanskrit ápas-, work, Old English efnan, to work, do