- 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