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Definition of The Pirates of Penzance from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Pirates of Penzance

 
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a comic opera (1880) by W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, one of their Savoy Operas. It is about a group of pirates who are all in fact of noble birth and a group of policemen who are not very brave. One of the best-known songs in the opera is A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One.