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Meaning of BURLESQUE

Pronunciation:  bur'lesk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
  2. [n]  a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
  3. [adj]  relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque theater"
  4. [v]  make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"

BURLESQUE is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, spoof, takeoff, travesty
 See Also: caricature, imitation, impersonation, mock, show



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bur*lesque"\, a. [F. burlesque, fr. It. burlesco, fr.
    burla jest, mockery, perh. for burrula, dim. of L. burrae
    trifles. See {Bur}.]
    Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant images,
    or by a contrast between the subject and the manner of
    treating it, as when a trifling subject is treated with mock
    gravity; jocular; ironical.
          It is a dispute among the critics, whether burlesque
          poetry runs best in heroic verse, like that of the
          Dispensary, or in doggerel, like that of Hudibras.
  2. \Bur*lesque"\, n.
    1. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque
             Burlesque is therefore of two kinds; the first
             represents mean persons in the accouterments of
             heroes, the other describes great persons acting and
             speaking like the basest among the people.
    2. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite
       laughter, or to ridicule anything.
             The dull burlesque appeared with impudence, And
             pleased by novelty in spite of sense. --Dryden.
    3. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross
             Who is it that admires, and from the heart is
             attached to, national representative assemblies, but
             must turn with horror and disgust from such a
             profane burlesque and abominable perversion of that
             sacred institute?                     --Burke.
    Syn: Mockery; farce; travesty; mimicry.
  3. \Bur*lesque"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burlesqued}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Burlesquing}.]
    To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation
    in action or in language.
          They burlesqued the prophet Jeremiah's words, and
          turned the expression he used into ridicule.
  4. \Bur*lesque"\, v. i.
    To employ burlesque.
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