from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A theatrical production that has many of the musical elements of opera but is lighter and more popular in subject and style and contains spoken dialogue. Also called light opera.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lighter version of opera with a frivolous story and spoken dialogue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short, light, musical drama.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short opera, generally of a light character and so belonging to the class of comic opera or opera bouffe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short amusing opera
Italian, diminutive of opera, opera; see opera1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian operetta. (Wiktionary)