from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style. See Synonyms at caricature.
- n. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.
- n. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
- transitive v. To imitate mockingly or humorously: "always bringing junk . . . home, as if he were burlesquing his role as provider” ( John Updike).
- intransitive v. To use the methods or techniques of burlesque.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. parodical
- n. A derisive art form that mocks by imitation; a parody
- n. A variety adult entertainment show, usually including titillation such as striptease, most common from the 1880s to the 1930s.
- v. To make a burlesque parody of
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
- n. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
- n. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything.
- n. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
- transitive v. To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language.
- intransitive v. To employ burlesque.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to excite laughter by a ludicrous contrast between the subject and the manner of treating it, as when a serious subject is treated ridiculously or a trifling one with solemnity.
- n. A burlesque literary or dramatic composition; travesty; caricature.
- n. A piece composed in burlesque style; a travesty; in modern use often specifically a theatrical piece, a kind of dramatic extravaganza, usually based upon a serious play or subject, with more or less music in it.
- n. A ludicrous or debasing caricature of any kind; a gross perversion.
- n. Synonyms Parody, Travesty, etc. See caricature.
- To make ridiculous by mocking representation; caricature; travesty.
- To use caricature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of a burlesque
- n. a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
- v. make a parody of
- n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
From French, comical, from Italian burlesco, from burla, joke, probably from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burrae, nonsense, from burra, wool.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French burlesque, from Italian burlesco ("parodic"). (Wiktionary)