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Meaning of VAUDEVILLE

Pronunciation:  'vodvil

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
 

VAUDEVILLE is a 10 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: music hall
 
 See Also: variety, variety show

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Vaude"ville\, n.
    Loosely, and now commonly, variety (see above), as, to play
    in vaudeville; a vaudeville actor.
    
    
  2. \Vaude"ville\, n. [F., fr. Vau-de-vire, a village in
    Normandy, where Olivier Basselin, at the end of the 14th
    century, composed such songs.] [Written also {vaudevil}.]
    1. A kind of song of a lively character, frequently embodying
       a satire on some person or event, sung to a familiar air
       in couplets with a refrain; a street song; a topical song.
    
    2. A theatrical piece, usually a comedy, the dialogue of
       which is intermingled with light or satirical songs, set
       to familiar airs.
    
             The early vaudeville, which is the forerunner of the
             opera bouffe, was light, graceful, and piquant.
                                                   --Johnson's
                                                   Cyc.
    
    
 

 

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