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Definition of the noun burlesque

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noun - plural: burlesques

  1. a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: show = a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
  2. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

Alternative definition of the noun burlesque


  1. A derisive art form that mocks by imitation; a parody
  2. A variety adult entertainment show, usually including titillation such as striptease, most common from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Definition of the adjective burlesque

What does burlesque mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. relating to or characteristic of a burlesque

Alternative definition of the adjective burlesque


  1. See parodical.

Definition of the verb burlesque

What does burlesque mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: burlesqued | burlesquing | burlesques

  1. make a parody of
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of burlesque: parody / spoof
    • more generic word: mock = imitate with mockery and derision
    • more specific word: travesty = make a travesty of


  1. "Burlesque" is a 2010 musical film directed and written by Steven Antin and starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. The film was released on November 24, 2010 in North America. This film was the debut of pop singer Aguilera as an actress, and also starred Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Dianna Agron.
  2. "Burlesque" is a 2010 drama film directed and written by Dominic Deacon and starring Haydn Evans, Christina Hallett and Poppy Cherry. The film was released on 26 August 2010 in Australia and won Best Australian Feature Film at the 2010 Sexy International Film Festival. This film was shot in Melbourne, Victoria.
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Drama
    • released on (5 years ago)


"Burlesque" is a play by George Manker Watters & Arthur Hopkins.


  1. "Burlesque" is the first full-length album by Bellowhead.
  2. "Burlesque" is a song and single written by Roger Chapman and John Whitney and performed by British group, Family.


Burlesque were an English pub rock band formed in London in 1972 and disbanded in 1977. Core members were Billy Jenkins and Ian Trimmer, who after Burlesque had disbanded went on to record and perform as Trimmer and Jenkins.


Burlesque a.k.a. Victorian burlesque, sometimes known as travesty or extravaganza, is a genre of theatrical entertainment that was popular in Victorian England and in the New York theatre of the mid 19th century. It is a form of parody in which a well-known opera or piece of classical theatre or ballet is adapted into a broad comic play, usually a musical play, usually risqué in style, mocking the theatrical and musical conventions and styles of the original work, and often quoting or pastiching text or music from the original work. Victorian burlesque is one of several forms of burlesque.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Burlesque

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Google previewDictionary Of World Literature - Criticism, Forms, Technique (2013)

by Joseph T Shipley,

presenting the trivial with ironic seriousness (high burlesque) or the serious with grotesque levity (low burlesque). Frequently its purpose is ...

Google previewThe Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, and Musical Theater (2012)

by Claude Summers

Burlesque is now most often associated with seedy strip shows and low comedy, but in the midnineteenth century this theatrical form was associated primarily with parody of high culture through puns, word play, and nonsense.

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

burlesque (noun, verb and adj.; French, 'mockery') In LITERARY CRITICISM, a general term for any composition that ridicules a GENRE'S form and STYLE through IMITATION. Burlesques are ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

BURLESQUE (From the Italian burletco, burla; joke, farce.) Fr.: burlesque; Ger.: das Burleske; Sp.: burlesco. Burlesque is an exaggerated form of the comic*, using trivial expressions to speak of the noble or elevated, making a travesty of a ...

Google previewWomen in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection [4 volumes] (2017)

by Peg A. Lamphier, Rosanne Welch

Burlesque is a form of entertainment that is largely associated with sexual display and blue humor. Although identified primarily with striptease, burlesque has been applied to a variety of theatrical forms that rely on the juxtaposition of high and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660 - 1789 Set (2015)

by Gary Day, Jack Lynch

GEORGINA LOCK Burlesque is a term the meaning of which has shifted substantially since its first appearances in English in the seventeenth century. In twentieth- and twenty-first-century usage, burlesque most frequently denotes spectacles ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

burlesque A coarse form of dramatic parody that seeks to entertain through distortion or ridicule, for example in the comic treatment of serious and ...

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Quotes about Burlesque

I've had 79 to 80 years of show business. I started when I was 5 with a man called Tom Mix. I didn't have time to go to school because I was in silent movies, I was in radio, I was in burlesque, I worked with the circus. I'm all show business! (George Sidney)
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Scrabble value of B3U1R1L1E1S1Q10U1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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