vaudeville

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Borrowing from French vaudeville.

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vaudeville ‎(countable and uncountable, plural vaudevilles)

  1. (historical, uncountable) A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment originated from France and which flourished in Europe and North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
  2. (historical, countable) An entertainment in this style.
    • 2008 January 28, Ben Brantley, “Ta-ta! Give ’Em the Old Existential Soft-Shoe”, in New York Times[1]:
      “Me, Myself and I,” directed by Emily Mann and engagingly acted by a cast that includes the invaluable Albee veteran Brian Murray, is in the tradition of Mr. Albee’s mid- and late-career works like “The Marriage Play” and “The Play About the Baby”: fragmented philosophical vaudevilles that turn the most fundamental questions of identity into verbal soft-shoes.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unclear. Possibly a corruption of voix de ville(voice of the city), or vallée de Vire(valley of the (river) Vire).

Noun[edit]

vaudeville m ‎(plural vaudevilles)

  1. vaudeville