Definition of burlesque noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɜːˈlesk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɜːrˈlesk//
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  1. 1[countable] a performance or piece of writing which tries to make something look ridiculous by representing it in a humorous way synonym parody a burlesque of literary life
  2. 2[uncountable] a type of entertainment involving humorous acts, singing, dancing, etc. and often including striptease
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla ‘mockery’, of unknown origin.

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