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



    BrE BrE//ˈvɔːdəvɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɔːdəvɪl//
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  1. 1(North American English) = variety
  2. 2(British English also music hall) a type of entertainment popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including singing, dancing and comedy Culture Vaudeville was especially popular in the US between the 1840s and 1930s. A typical vaudeville show included a variety of performers, including singers, dancers, comedians and sometimes animals. The best-known vaudeville theatre was the Palace in New York. US stars who began in vaudeville included Will Rogers, Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers and W C Fields. compare music hall
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, earlier vau de ville (or vire), said to be a name given originally to songs composed by Olivier Basselin, a 15th-cent. fuller born in Vau de Vire in Normandy.
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