[op-uh-ret-uh] /ˌɒp əˈrɛt ə/

a short opera, usually of a light and amusing character.
a type of comic or light-hearted opera

“light opera,” 1775, from Italian operetta, diminutive of opera.

Comic or lighthearted operas of the kind written by Gilbert and Sullivan. Operettas generally have a substantial amount of spoken (not sung) dialogue.


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