vaudeville, music hall(noun)
a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
An entertainment in this style.
Origin: Corruption of (after the supposedly scandalous nature of chorus lines in 19th century Paris), where the alliterative effect thus realized was supposed to be humorous or comical.
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
a theatrical piece, usually a comedy, the dialogue of which is intermingled with light or satirical songs, set to familiar airs
Origin: [F., fr. Vau-de-vire, a village in Normandy, where Olivier Basselin, at the end of the 14th century, composed such songs.]
Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts included popular and classical musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies. A vaudeville performer is often referred to as a vaudevillian. Vaudeville developed from many sources, including the concert saloon, minstrelsy, freak shows, dime museums, and literary burlesque. Called "the heart of American show business," vaudeville was one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America for several decades.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vōd′vil, n. originally a popular song with topical allusions: a play interspersed with dances and songs incidentally introduced and usually comic.—n. Vaude′villist, a composer of these. [From vau (val) de Vire, the valley of the Vire, in Normandy, where they were first composed about 1400 A.D.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a light, lively song with topical allusions; also a dramatic poem interspersed with comic songs of the kind and dances.
The Roycroft Dictionary
A matter of verve, nerve and vermilion.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
From Lat. _vaut_, good for, and _villageois_, countryman. Good for countrymen.
The numerical value of vaudeville in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of vaudeville in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Images & Illustrations of vaudeville
Translations for vaudeville
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for vaudeville »
Find a translation for the vaudeville definition in other languages:
Select another language: