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



    BrE BrE//ˈɒprə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːprə//
    Styles of music
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a dramatic work in which all or most of the words are sung to music; works of this type as an art form or entertainment Puccini’s operas to go to the opera an opera singer light/grand opera see also soap opera Wordfinderaria, chorus, coloratura, diva, libretto, opera, orchestra pit, recitative, score, surtitles See related entries: Styles of music
  2. 2[countable] a company that performs opera; a building in which operas are performed the Vienna State Opera
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Italian, from Latin, literally ‘labour, work’.
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