Op"er*a(p"r*), n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. opra. 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, arias, 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.
Opra bouffe [F.
opra opera +
bouffe comic, It.
Opera buffa [It.], light, farcical, burlesque opera. --
Opera box, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium of an opera house for the use of a small private party. --
Opra comique [F.], comic or humorous opera. --
Opera flannel, a light flannel, highly finished.
(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.
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