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opera at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


opera at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1644, from It. opera, lit. "a work," from L. opera "work, effort" (L. plural regarded as fem. sing.), related to opus (gen. operis) "a work." Defined in Elson's Music Dictionary as, "a form of musical composition evolved shortly before 1600, by some enthusiastic Florentine amateurs who sought to bring back the Greek plays to the modern stage." /// "No good opera plot can be sensible. ... People do not sing when they are feeling sensible." [W.H. Auden, 1961] /// Soap opera is first recorded 1939, as a disparaging reference to daytime radio dramas sponsored by soap manufacturers. Operetta, with diminutive ending, first recorded 1770. ///

opera at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1600-1700; Language: Italian; Origin: Latin, 'works', plural of opus; OPUS]//
1 [C] a musical play in which all of the words are sung: operetta// --We go to the opera (=go to a performance of opera) regularly.// --an opera singer //
2 [U] these plays considered as a form of art: -- operatic/[hA361]p[hA353]r[zB024]t[hA366]k[hA36B] $ [hA35A][hA359]-/ adj // --operatic performances// -- operatically/-kli/ adv // grand opera, soap opera//

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opera at Latin => English Of Explained:

often, the old

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ópera at Portuguese => English Of Explained:

now, operasent

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opera at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Musical drama made up of vocal pieces with orchestral accompaniment, overtures, and interludes. Opera was invented at the end of the 16th cent. in an attempt by the Camerata, an academy of Florentine poets, musicians, and scholars, to imitate ancient Greek drama, which was known to have been largely sung or chanted. Since no actual Greek music was known, composers had considerable freedom in reconceiving it. Imitations of Greek pastoral poetry became the basis for early opera libretti. The first operas, by Jacopo Peri (Dafne, 1598; lost) and G. Caccini (Euridice, 1600), consisted throughout of lightly accompanied melody closely imitating inflected speech. C. Monteverdi, the greatest early operatic figure, composed the first masterpiece, Orfeo, in 1607; unlike its predecessors, Orfeo is scored for a small orchestra, and recitative here begins to be clearly distinguished from aria, an achievement that would prove decisive for opera's future success. In France, J.-B. Lully produced a prototype for courtly opera whose influence would dominate French opera through the mid-18th cent. J.-P. Rameau, G. F. Handel, and C. W. von Gluck were the most significant opera composers of the first two-thirds of the 18th cent.; their works were surpassed by the brilliant operas of W. A. Mozart. In the early 19th cent., G. Rossini and G. Donizetti dominated Italian opera. The later 19th cent. saw the great works of G. Verdi and R. Wagner; the latter, with his bold innovations, became the most influential operatic figure since Monteverdi. R. Strauss and G. Puccini wrote the most popular 20th-cent. operas. See also ballad opera, Beijing Opera, operetta.

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opera at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

200 Moby Thesaurus words for "opera":
Broadway musical, Elizabethan theater, Globe Theatre,
Grand Guignol, Greek theater, Passion play, Singspiel, Tom show,
amphitheater, antimasque, arena theater, arrangement, artifact,
audience success, auditorium, ballad opera, ballet,
ballet divertissement, bomb, brainchild, broadcast drama,
burlesque show, cabaret, charade, child, chorus show,
circle theater, cliff hanger, closet drama, club, coinage,
comedy ballet, comedy drama, comic opera, composition,
concert hall, concoction, copy, creation, creature,
critical success, crowning achievement, dance drama,
daytime serial, dialogue, distillation, documentary drama, draft,
drama, dramalogue, dramatic play, dramatic series, duodrama,
duologue, edition, effect, end product, epic theater, essence,
experimental theater, extract, extravaganza, failure, flop, fruit,
gasser, giveaway, grand opera, hall, handiwork, happening, hit,
hit show, house, hymnal, hymnbook, improvisational drama,
instrumental score, invention, issue, legitimate drama, libretto,
light opera, little theater, lute tablature, lyric drama,
manufacture, masque, masterpiece, masterwork, melodrama, minstrel,
minstrel show, mintage, miracle, miracle play, monodrama,
monologue, morality, morality play, music, music drama, music hall,
music paper, music roll, musical, musical comedy, musical notation,
musical revue, musical score, musical stage, musical theater,
mystery, mystery play, new mintage, night spot, nightclub,
notation, offspring, opera ballet, opera bouffe, opera buffa,
opera house, opera score, operetta, opus, opuscule,
orchestral score, origination, outcome, outdoor theater, outgrowth,
pageant, panel show, pantomime, part, pastoral, pastoral drama,
piano score, piece, play, playhouse, playlet, problem play,
product, production, psychodrama, quiz show, radio drama, result,
review, revue, score, sensational play, serial, sheet music,
short score, show, showboat, sitcom, situation comedy, sketch,
skit, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, song-and-dance act, song-play,
songbook, songster, spectacle, stage play, stage show,
straight drama, success, suspense drama, tablature, tableau,
tableau vivant, talk show, teleplay, television drama,
television play, text, theater, theater of cruelty,
theater-in-the-round, theatron, total theater, transcript,
transcription, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show, vehicle,
version, vocal score, word-of-mouth success, work, written music

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opera at Croatian => English Of Explained:

opera house

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opera at Dutch => English Of Explained:

opera [opəra]

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opera at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Music): music, concert, song, tune, air, melody, aria, piece of music, work, number, opus, sonata, concerto, overture, symphony, fugue, canon, opera, operetta, oratorio

[ADJ] (Music): musical, instrumental, vocal, choral, lyric, operatic, harmonious.

opera at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [C, U] a dramatic work in which all or most of the words are sung to music; works of this type as an art form or entertainment:
Puccini's operas * to go to the opera * an opera singer * light / grand opera
see also SOAP OPERA
2 [C] a company that performs opera; a building in which operas are performed:
the Vienna State Opera
operatic adjective:
operatic arias / composers

Opera at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Opus \O"pus\, n.; pl. {Opera}. [L. See {Opera}.]
A work; specif. (Mus.), a musical composition.

Note: Each composition, or set of pieces, as the composer may
choose, is called an opus, and they are numbered in the
order of their issue. (Often abbrev. to op.)

Opera \Op"er*a\, n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed
to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains work, fr. opus,
operis, work, labor: cf. F. op['e]ra. See {Operate}.]
1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an
essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting
of recitative, arials, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with
orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes,
together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a
lyric drama.

2. The score of a musical drama, either written or in print;
a play set to music.

3. The house where operas are exhibited.

{Op['e]ra bouffe} [F. op['e]ra opera + bouffe comic, It.
buffo], {Opera buffa} [It.], light, farcical, burlesque

{Opera box}, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium
of an opera house for the use of a small private party.

{Op['e]ra comique} [F.], comic or humorous opera.

{Opera flannel}, a light flannel, highly finished. --Knight.

{Opera girl} (Bot.), an East Indian plant ({Mantisia
saltatoria}) of the Ginger family, sometimes seen in
hothouses. It has curious flowers which have some
resemblance to a ballet dancer, whence the popular name.
Called also {dancing girls}.

{Opera glass}, a short telescope with concave eye lenses of
low power, usually made double, that is, with a tube and
set of glasses for each eye; a lorgnette; -- so called
because adapted for use at the opera, theater, etc.

{Opera hat}, a gentleman's folding hat.

{Opera house}, specifically, a theater devoted to the
performance of operas.

{Opera seria} [It.], serious or tragic opera; grand opera.

opera at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral
accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
2: theater where opera is performed [syn: {opera house}]

opera at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » ópera|operă|opéra


Inter: wikipedi » a


From Inter: etyl » it Inter: term » opera||lang=it.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈɒp.əɹ.ə/|/ˈɒp.ɹə/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈɑ.pəɹ.ə/|/ˈɑ.pɹə/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-opera.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: musi » c A theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.
    1. Inter: musi » c The score for such a work.
    2. A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.
    3. Inter: quote-book » year=1907|author=Category: w - :Robert W. Chambers|Robert Chambers

    |title=The Younger Set
    |passage=“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, … !”
    1. A company dedicated to performing such works.
    2. Inter: context » by extension Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembing an opera.
    3. A collection of work (plural of opus).

      Derived terms

      Inter: rel-top3 » Terms derived from "opera"

  • comic opera
  • grand opera
  • horse opera
  • oat opera
  • opera bouffe

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • opera comique
    • opera buffa
    • opera hat
    • opera house

    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • opera seria
  • opera singer
  • opera slipper
  • soap opera
  • space opera

  • Inter: rel-botto » m

    Related terms

    Inter: rel-top3 » Terms etymologically related to "opera"
    • operatic
    • operetta
    • opéra comique
    • operable

    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • operand
  • operant
  • operate
  • operation

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • operational
    • operative
    • operator
    • opus

    Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » theatrical work
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|أ وبرا|f|tr='ubira
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|օպերա|tr=òpera
  • Breton: Inter: t+ » br|c'hoarigan
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|опера|f|tr=opera
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: qualifier » Western opera Inter: t- » cmn|歌劇|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|歌剧|tr=gējù|sc=Hani, Inter: qualifier » Chinese opera Inter: t- » cmn|戲曲|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|戏曲|tr=xìqǔ|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|opera|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|opera
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|opera|m
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|opero
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|ooper
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ooppera
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|opéra|m
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|ópera|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Oper|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|όπερα|f|tr=ópera|sc=Grek
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|opera
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|ceoldráma|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|歌劇|tr=かげき, kageki, Inter: t+ » ja|オペラ|tr=opera
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|오페라|tr=opera|sc=Hang
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|opera
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|opera|f
    • Romanian: operă {{f}}
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|опера|f|tr=ópera
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|опера|f|alt=о̏пера|sc=Cyrl
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|opera|f|alt=ȍpera|sc=Latn
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|opera|f
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|opera|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|ópera|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|opera
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|опера|f|tr=ópera, Inter: t- » uk|опера|f|tr=ópera
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|lop

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » score
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|օպերա|tr=òpera
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|opero
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ooppera
    • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|ópera|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Oper|f
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|opera|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|опера|f|tr=ópera
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|опера|f|alt=о̏пера|sc=Cyrl
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|opera|f|alt=ȍpera|sc=Latn
  • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|opera|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » building
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|օպերա|tr=òpera
    • Breton: Inter: t+ » br|c'hoarigandi|m
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|歌劇院|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|歌剧院|tr=gējùyuàn|sc=Hani
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|operejo, Inter: t- » eo|opera domo

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|oopperatalo
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Oper|f, Inter: t+ » de|Opernhaus|n
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|opera|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|опера|f|tr=ópera
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|опера|f|alt=о̏пера|sc=Cyrl
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|opera|f|alt=ȍpera|sc=Latn
  • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|opera|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|opera|c, Inter: t+ » sv|operahus|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » company
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Oper|f
    • Japanese: 歌劇団 (かげきだん, kagekidan)

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|опера|tr=opera|sc=Cyrl
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|опера|f|alt=о̏пера|sc=Cyrl
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|opera|f|alt=ȍpera|sc=Latn
  • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|opera|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * aria
    • ballet
    • masque
    • melodrama
    • musical comedy
    • recitative
    • singspiel
    • Category: Appendix:Glossary of opera -


      * pareo

    Category: Category:en:Music genres -
    Category: Category:en:Opera -



    Inter: cs-noun » g=f
  • opera

  • Category: Category:cs:Drama -



    Inter: nl-noun » m|opera's|operaatje
  • opera

    Derived terms

    * operacomponist

  • Esperanto


    Inter: eo-ad » j
  • of or relating to opera

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » eo|opero|gloss=opera

  • Category: Category:eo:Music genres -
    Category: Category:eo:Opera -



    * Inter: IPA » /ˈopɛrɒ/|lang=hu
    • Inter: audio » Hu-opera.ogg|Audio
    • Inter: hyphenation » ope|ra


      Inter: hu-noun » pl=operák

  • opera


    Inter: hu-decl-k-back » oper|áInter: hu-pos-tok » operá

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    From Inter: etyl » la|it Inter: term » opera|lang=la.


    * Inter: audio » it-opera.ogg|Audio (IT)


    Inter: it-noun » oper|f|a|e
  • work
    1. means, help, services
    2. Inter: music » lang=it opus
    3. Inter: music » lang=it opera
    4. institution, institute, society


      * (1) lavoro

  • (2) mezzo, aiuto, servigi
  • (4) melodramma
  • (5) istituzione, istituto

    Related terms

    * manodopera
  • operaio
  • operare
  • operetta
  • operista
  • operoso



  • third-person singular present tense of operare
    1. second-person singular imperative of operare

    Category: Category:Italian verb forms -



    Inter: la-noun-form » opera
  • Inter: inflection of » opus|opus|nom|p|lang=la
    1. Inter: inflection of » opus|opus|acc|p|lang=la


      Inter: la-noun » opera|operae|operae|f|first

  • trouble, pains, exertion
  • work, labour


    Inter: la-decl-1st » oper

    Related terms

    * operor
  • Inter: l » la|opus


    Inter: top » 2
  • Albanian: Inter: l » sq|vepër
  • Catalan: Inter: l » ca|obra
  • English: Inter: l » en|opera
  • French: Inter: l » fr|œuvre, from Old French: Inter: l » fro|uevre
  • Galician: Inter: l » gl|obra
  • Italian: Inter: l » it|opera
  • Old Irish: Inter: l » sga|opar
  • Irish: Inter: l » ga|obair
  • Manx: Inter: l » gv|obbyr
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: l » gd|obair

  • Inter: mid » 2
    • Portuguese: Inter: l » pt|obra
    • Romanian: operă
    • Romansch: Inter: l » rm|ovra
    • Russian: Inter: l » ru|опера
    • Spanish: Inter: l » es|huebra, Inter: l » es|obra

    Inter: botto » m



    From Inter: etyl » it|sh Inter: term » opera|lang=it, from Inter: etyl » la|sh Inter: term » opera|lang=la.


    Inter: sh-noun » g=f|head=ȍpera|r|опера|о̏пера
  • opera


    Inter: sh-decl-noun »

  • |opera|opere

    Category: Category:sh:Music -



    Inter: es-verb-form » operar
  • Inter: es-verb form of » ending=ar|mood=imperative|sense=affirmative|pers=2|formal=no|number=singular|operar
    1. Inter: es-verb form of » ending=ar|mood=indicative|tense=present|pers=2|formal=yes|number=singular|operar
    2. Inter: es-verb form of » ending=ar|mood=indicative|tense=present|pers=3|number=singular|operar



    * Inter: audio » Sv-opera.ogg|Audio


    Inter: sv-noun » g=c
  • an opera; a musical theatre play
    1. an opera house; an institution or building where opera is performed


      Inter: sv-noun-reg-or » oper

      Related terms

      * operaföreställning

  • operahus
  • Inter: l » sv|operett

    See also

    * Inter: l » sv|libretto
  • musikal

  • Translation: ar » opera
    Category: zh-min-nan:opera -
    Translation: cs » opera
    Translation: de » opera
    Translation: et » opera
    Translation: el » opera
    Translation: eo » opera
    Translation: fa » opera
    Translation: fr » opera
    Translation: gl » opera
    Translation: ko » opera
    Translation: hy » opera
    Translation: io » opera
    Translation: id » opera
    Translation: it » opera
    Translation: kn » opera
    Translation: ku » opera
    Translation: lo » opera
    Translation: la » opera
    Translation: li » opera
    Translation: hu » opera
    Translation: mg » opera
    Translation: ms » opera
    Translation: my » opera
    Translation: nl » opera
    Translation: ja » opera
    Translation: no » opera
    Translation: uz » opera
    Translation: pl » opera
    Translation: ru » opera
    Category: simple:opera -
    Translation: sl » opera
    Translation: fi » opera
    Translation: sv » opera
    Translation: ta » opera
    Translation: te » opera
    Translation: tr » opera
    Translation: vi » opera
    Translation: zh » opera

    ópera at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: DEFAULTSORT:oper » a
    Inter: also » opera|operă



    Inter: gl-noun » f
  • opera

  • Icelandic


    Inter: is-noun » f
  • Inter: music » lang=is opera

  • Spanish

    Inter: wikipedia » lang=es


    From Inter: etyl » it|es Inter: term » opera|lang=it, from Inter: etyl » la|es Inter: term » opera|lang=la "work, labor".


    * Inter: IPA » /ˈo̞pe̞ɾa/|lang=es


    Inter: es-noun » f
  • Inter: context » music|lang=es opera

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » es|opereta

  • Translation: es » ópera
    Translation: fr » ópera
    Translation: gl » ópera
    Translation: ko » ópera
    Translation: io » ópera
    Translation: id » ópera
    Translation: lo » ópera
    Translation: hu » ópera
    Translation: nl » ópera
    Translation: pl » ópera
    Translation: pt » ópera
    Translation: fi » ópera
    Translation: zh » ópera

    operă at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » opera|ópera



    Borrowed from Inter: etyl » it|ro or Inter: etyl » la|ro opera.


    Inter: ro-noun » f|opere
  • a work
    1. Inter: context » music|lang=ro opera


      * Inter: sense » work|lang=ro lucrare

      Related terms

      * Inter: l » ro|op

    Category: Category:Romanian nouns -
    Translation: el » operă
    Translation: fr » operă
    Translation: hu » operă
    Translation: mg » operă
    Translation: fi » operă

  • opéra at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: fr-noun » m|sort=opera
  • opera


    Inter: fr-verb-form » sort=opera

  • Inter: conjugation of » opérer||3|s|past historic|lang=fr


    * apéro

  • Translation: cs » opéra
    Translation: et » opéra
    Translation: el » opéra
    Translation: fr » opéra
    Translation: gl » opéra
    Translation: ko » opéra
    Translation: io » opéra
    Translation: it » opéra
    Translation: hu » opéra
    Translation: nl » opéra
    Translation: ja » opéra
    Translation: pl » opéra
    Translation: fi » opéra
    Translation: vi » opéra

    Opera at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » opera|ópera|operă|opéra
    Inter: only-in » Category: w - :Opera (web browser)|Wikipedia's article on Opera (web browser)|because=unattested
    Translation: et » Opera
    Translation: ja » Opera
    Translation: sl » Opera
    Translation: zh » Opera