Definitions for vaudevilleˈvɔd vɪl, ˈvoʊd-, ˈvɔ də-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vaude•villeˈvɔd vɪl, ˈvoʊd-, ˈvɔ də-(n.)

  1. a form of popular entertainment in the U.S. from the late 1800s to the mid 1920s, having a program of separate and varied acts.

    Category: Showbiz

  2. a light theatrical piece interspersed with songs and dances.

    Category: Music and Dance, Showbiz

Origin of vaudeville:

1730–40; < F, shortened alter. of MF chanson du vau de Vire song of the vale of Vire, a valley of Calvados, France, noted for satirical folksongs

vaude•vil′lian(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vaudeville, music hall(noun)

    a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.


  1. vaudeville(Noun)

    A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.

  2. vaudeville(Noun)

    An entertainment in this style.

  3. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vaudeville(noun)

    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. Vaudeville(noun)

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


  1. Vaudeville

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Vaudeville

    a light, lively song with topical allusions; also a dramatic poem interspersed with comic songs of the kind and dances.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. vaudeville

    A matter of verve, nerve and vermilion.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Lat. _vaut_, good for, and _villageois_, countryman. Good for countrymen.

Translations for vaudeville

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the type of theatre show in which there is a variety of short acts; music-hall

There are very few theatres now where vaudeville is performed.

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