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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: Old French vaudevire type of popular song, from vau-de-Vire 'valley of Vire', town in northwest France where such songs were written

vaudeville

noun
     
Related topics: Theatre
vau‧de‧ville [uncountable] American English
APT a type of theatre entertainment, popular from the 1880s to the 1950s, in which there were many short performances of different kinds, including singing, dancing, jokes etc [↪ music hall]

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