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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vaudeville \Vaude"ville\, noun [F., fr. Vau-de-vire, a village in Normandy, where Olivier Basselin, at the end of the 14th century, composed such songs.] [Written also {vaudevil}.]

1. A kind of song of a lively character, frequently embodying a satire on some person or event, sung to a familiar air in couplets with a refrain; a street song; a topical song.

2. A theatrical piece, usually a comedy, the dialogue of which is intermingled with light or satirical songs, set to familiar airs.

The early vaudeville, which is the forerunner of the opera bouffe, was light, graceful, and piquant. --Johnson's Cyc.

3. a {variety show} when performed live in a theater (see above); as, to play in vaudeville; a vaudeville actor. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vaudeville

noun

1: a variety show with songs and comic acts etc. [syn: {vaudeville}, {music hall}]


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