Vaudeville meaning

vôd'vĭl', vōd'-, vô'də-
A light comic play that often includes songs, pantomime, and dances.
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A popular, often satirical song.
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A comic theatrical piece interspersed with songs and dances.
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A satirical or topical song, often with pantomime.
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(historical, uncountable) A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
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(historical, countable) An entertainment in this style.
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Origin of vaudeville

  • French 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 veer1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition