- a stage show consisting of mixed specialty acts, including songs, dances, comic skits, acrobatic performances, etc.
- this branch of entertainment generally, popular esp. in the early 20th cent.
- Now Rare a comic theatrical piece interspersed with songs and dances
- Obs. a satirical or topical song, often with pantomime
Origin of vaudevilleFr, earlier vau-de-vire, after Vau-de-Vire, the valley of the Vire (in Normandy), famous for light, convivial songs
- a. Stage entertainment offering a variety of short acts such as slapstick turns, song-and-dance routines, and juggling performances.b. A theatrical performance of this kind; a variety show.
- A light comic play that often includes songs, pantomime, and dances.
- A popular, often satirical song.
Origin of vaudevilleFrench, alteration of Old French vaudevire, occasional or topical light popular song, possibly short for chanson du Vau de Vire, song of Vau de Vire, a valley of northwest France, or perhaps dialectal vauder, to go + virer, to turn; see veer1.
(countable and uncountable, plural vaudevilles)