Definition of burlesque noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    burlesque

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    noun
    NAmE//bərˈlɛsk//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable] a performance or piece of writing that 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
burlesqueadjective[usually before noun]
 
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The play was criticized for its burlesque treatment of serious issues.