- an extended dramatic work in which music constitutes a dominating feature, either consisting of separate recitatives, arias, and choruses, or having a continuous musical structure
- the branch of music or drama represented by such works
- the score, libretto, etc, of an opera
- a theatre where opera is performed
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Music and Dancea long dramatic musical work similar to a play but in which the parts are sung: [countable]sang in many operas.[uncountable]has a love of opera.
- Music and Dancean extended dramatic composition, in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment, that usually includes arias, choruses, and recitatives, and that sometimes includes ballet. Cf. comic opera, grand opera.
- Music and Dancethe form or branch of musical and dramatic art represented by such compositions.
- Music and Dancethe score or the words of such a composition.
- Music and Dancea performance of one:to go to the opera.
- Music and Dance(sometimes cap.) an opera house or resident company:the Paris Opera.
- Latin, plural of opus service, work, a work, opus
- Italian: work, opera
o•pe•ra2 (ō′pər ə, op′ər ə),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly Music.]
- Music and Dancea pl. of opus.
- /ˈoʊpərə, ˈɑpərə/.USA pronunciation
- Music and Danceone of the musical works of a composer.
- Literaturea literary or artistic work.
- Music and Dancea musical composition.
- Music and Danceone of the compositions of a composer, usually numbered according to the order of publication.
- Literaturea literary work or composition, as a book:Have you read her latest opus?Abbr.: op.
- Latin: work, labor, a work
- a plural of opus
- an artistic composition, esp a musical work
- (often capital) (usually followed by a number) a musical composition by a particular composer, generally catalogued in order of publication: Beethoven's opus 61 is his violin concerto
Abbreviation: op. Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin: a work; compare Sanskrit apas work