Opera meaning

ŏpər-ə, ŏprə
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(music) A theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.
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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.
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(1) (OPERA) (Open PLC European Research Alliance) An earlier European consortium dedicated to expanding power line communications (PLC). See broadband over power lines.
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A company dedicated to performing such works.
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(by extension) Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembing an opera.
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A theatrical presentation in which a dramatic performance is set to music.
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The score of such a work.
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A theater designed primarily for operas.
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The branch of art represented by such plays.
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A collection of work (plural of opus).
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The score, libretto, or performance of such a play.
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A theater in which operas are given.
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(music) The score for such a work.
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A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.
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Origin of opera

  • Italian work, opera from Latin work, service op- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Italian opera.

    From Wiktionary