from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and usually a comic subject
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short drama with incidental music, like a vaudeville. It is said to have been first introduced into Spain at Zarzuela in the seventeenth century.
Spanish, probably from the Palace of Zarzuela, royal residence near Madrid where it was first performed. (Wiktionary)