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commedia dell'arte

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by improvisation from a standard plot outline and the use of stock characters, often in traditional masks and costumes.

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  • n. Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters

Etymologies

Italian : commedia, comedy + dell'arte, of the guild, professional (from arte, art, craft, guild).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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