vaudeville

[v_ˈɔː_d_ɪ_v_ˌɪ_l], [vˈɔːdɪvˌɪl], [vˈɔːdɪvˌɪl]

Definitions of vaudeville:

  1.   In French poetry, a species of light song, generally of a comic or satirical nature; a dramatic piece, whose dialogue is intermingled with light or comic songs. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2.   A kind of lively song, sung in couplets, with a refrain; a theatrical piece intermingled with light or satirical songs. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3.   A lively or satirical song: a short dramatic piece interspersed with such. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Quotes for vaudeville:

  1. I do not like vaudeville but what can I do? It likes me. – Anna Held
  2. You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville in clubs and on Broadway. – Danny Kaye
  3. I'm not subject to their rise and fall because I'm not accepted by them, so I have my own little curve going on. A lot of it is because of how much I play, I think I connect like when all you had was Vaudeville I think I have an audience by performing a lot! – Leo Kottke
  4. I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals. – Ethel Merman
  5. The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you're doing one thing. That is, you're going to make the audience laugh. – Leslie Nielsen

Usage examples for vaudeville:

  1. You know how I hate vaudeville – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  2. Bless my soul, I don't say that I at once suspected Lupin behind Polonius and Polonius behind the gentleman who came and bored me in the box at the Vaudeville – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  3. “ I would even be willing to pay for a glimpse of Martian vaudeville – Show Business by William C. Boyd Lyle G. Boyd
  4. People are very much mistaken, he said, turning to Professor Toussaint, who was sitting beside him and to whom he had been introduced a few minutes before, if they suppose that morality among vaudeville performers is laxer than among any other set of persons. ” – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  5. “ Olivier Basselin is the parent of the title Vaudevire- which has since been corrupted into Vaudeville – A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  6. But as those days of war were the days of men, vaudeville made its appeal to men only. ” – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  7. The first made was produced at the Vaudeville in 1832, and was based on the story of Colonel Chabert, which under another title, The Compromise, had finished as a serial in the March Artiste of the same year. ” – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  8. Later the pantomime yielded gradually to dialogue, and the vaudeville was tending to farcical opera when Scribe gave it a new direction. ” – Bataille De Dames by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé
  9. I'm Obermuller, of the Vaudeville – In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
  10. If we had inherited our dispositions from eagles we should have loathed vaudeville – This Simian World by Clarence Day Jr.

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