Commedia Dell'arte Definition

kə-mādē-ə dĕl-ärtē, -tĕ, -mĕdē-ə
A type of Italian comedy developed in the 16th through 18th cent. and employing a stereotyped plot, improvised dialogue, and stock characters such as Pantaloon, Harlequin, and Columbine.
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Origin of Commedia Dell'arte

  • Italian commedia comedy dell'arte of the guild, professional (from arte art, craft, guild)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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