burlesque

[ ber-lesk ]SEE DEFINITION OF burlesque

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BURLESQUE

Burlesque, farce and extravagance of situation and dialogue.

Burlesque of character and calling puts in an occasional appearance.

It might be called a burlesque, but for the fact that it is unaccompanied by the luxury of legs.

Deem not this collocation simply a burlesque on Scientific categories.

Nailed several anti-saloon and burlesque planks in his platform.

Burlesque and satire are never far away in their most serious moments.

"Caution is the badge of all our tribe," said Balfour, with a burlesque gravity.

The officers took, as usual, a puerile revenge in the form of a burlesque.

If you loved, this burlesque engagement should not stand in your way.

He knew he could let himself go in burlesque and satire, and he did.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "derisive imitation, grotesque parody," from French burlesque (16c.), from Italian burlesco, from burla "joke, fun, mockery," possibly ultimately from Late Latin burra "trifle, nonsense," literally "flock of wool." Modern sense of "variety show featuring striptease" is American English, 1870. Originally (1857) "the sketches at the end of minstrel shows." As a verb, from 1670s.

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