Definitions

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  • n. a dramatic composition of the comedy class, but not so much elaborated as a regular comedy, and generally consisting of one or at most two acts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dramatic sketch; a brief comedy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dramatic composition of the comic class, but not so much elaborated as a regular comedy, and generally consisting of one or at most two acts.

Etymologies

Italian diminutive of commedia ("comedy") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "For five months the comedietta was a drawing-card in the best houses.

    Whirligigs

  • a comedy chase scene, without which no 'comedietta' was complete.

    Writing for Vaudeville

  • Lastly, he was to wind them up by appearing in his favourite character of Mr. William Button, of Tooley Street, in ‘the highly novel and laughable hippo – comedietta of The Tailor’s

    Hard Times

  • One was a short novel, and the other a comedietta.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • My painfully laboured novel only got honourable mention, and my comedietta was lost in the post.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • Farce and burlesque had not yet developed into comedy and comedietta, refined by degrees and beautifully æsthetic.

    The History of "Punch"

  • In dramatic composition, the equivalent of the Short-story is the one-act play, be it drama or comedy or comedietta or farce.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • So the comedietta went on, to the running accompaniment of laughter, with Mr. Bullitt and Mr. Watson swept by such gusts of adoration they

    Seventeen

  • He and I played together in a comedietta called “A Nice Quiet Day.”

    The Story of My Life

  • I saw a very young lady play a tiger in a comedietta of mine called 'If the Cap Fits,' I had no idea that that precocious child had in her the germ of such an artist as she has since proved herself.

    The Story of My Life

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