opera bouffe

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From French opéra bouffe.

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opera bouffe (plural operas bouffes)

  1. A type of French comic opera, typified by everyday characters and ludicrous situations. (Often attributive.) [from 19th c.]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 176:
      There was one moment of opéra bouffe when the plump Biaggi and two other plotters were trapped in an antique Parisian lift between floors on the way to a top-level and secret meeting.