from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
- n. A debased or grotesque likeness: a travesty of justice. See Synonyms at caricature.
- transitive v. To make a travesty of; parody or ridicule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An absurd or grotesque misrepresentation
- n. A parody or stylistic imitation.
- n. A grossly inferior imitation.
- v. To make a travesty of; to parody.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; -- applied to a book or shorter composition.
- n. A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.
- transitive v. To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disguised; burlesqued.
- To disguise by a change of vesture.
- In lit., to give such a literary treatment or setting to (a serious production) as to render it ridiculous or ludicrous; hence, by extension, to burlesque; imitate so as to render absurd or grotesque. See travesty, n.
- n. In lit., a burlesque treatment or setting of a subject which had originally been handled in a serious manner; hence, by extension, any burlesque or ludicrous imitation, whether intentional or not; a grotesque or absurd resemblance.
- n. Synonyms Burlesque, Parody, etc. See caricature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
- n. a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
- v. make a travesty of
From obsolete, disguised, burlesqued, from French travesti, past participle of travestir, to disguise, parody, from Italian travestire : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin vestīre, to dress (from vestis, garment).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French travestir ("to disguise"), from Latin trans ("over") + vestire ("to clothe"). (Wiktionary)