opera[äp′ə rə, äp′rə]
- 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 of operaItalian ; from Classical Latin a work, labor, akin to opus: see opus
- 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 of operaItalian, work, opera, from Latin, work, service; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(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 resembing an opera.
- A collection of work (plural of opus).
terms etymologically related to "opera"
From Italian opera.
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.
Variant of opus
nounpl. opera or opuses
Origin of opusClassical 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