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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: Latin, 'works', plural of opus; OPUS

opera

noun
     
op‧e‧ra
1 [countable]APMAPT a musical play in which all of the words are sung [↪ operetta]:
We go to the opera (=go to a performance of opera) regularly.
2 [uncountable]APMAPT these plays considered as a form of art
operatic adjective:
operatic performances
operatically adverb
grand opera, soap opera
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