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1. A literary or dramatic work that makes fun of something, often by means of outlandish exaggeration.
2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.
3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
v. bur·lesqued, bur·lesqu·ing, bur·lesques
To imitate mockingly or humorously: "always bringing junk ... home, as if he were burlesquing his role as provider" (John Updike).
To use the methods or techniques of burlesque.
[From French, comical, from Italian burlesco, from burla, joke, probably from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burrae, nonsense, from burra, wool.]
1. (Art Terms) an artistic work, esp literary or dramatic, satirizing a subject by caricaturing it
2. a ludicrous imitation or caricature
3. (Theatre) a play of the 17th–19th centuries that parodied some contemporary dramatic fashion or event
4. (Theatre) theatre Also: burlesk US and Canadian a bawdy comedy show of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the striptease eventually became one of its chief elements. Slang name: burleycue
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of a burlesque
vb, -lesques, -lesquing or -lesqued
to represent or imitate (a person or thing) in a ludicrous way; caricature
[C17: from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla a jest, piece of nonsense]
n., adj., v. -lesqued, -lesquing. n.
1. a comic literary or dramatic piece that vulgarizes lofty material or elevates the ordinary.
2. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature.
3. a stage show featuring comic, usu. bawdy skits and striptease acts.adj.
4. involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject.
5. of, pertaining to, or like stage-show burlesque.v.t.
6. to make ridiculous by mocking representation.v.i.
7. to use burlesque or caricature.
[1650–60; < French < Italian burlesco, derivative of burl(a) jest]
syn: burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty refer to literary or dramatic forms that imitate works or subjects to achieve a humorous or satiric purpose. The characteristic device of burlesque is mockery of serious or trivial subjects through association with their opposites: a burlesque of high and low life. caricature, usu. associated with visual arts or with visual effects in literary works, implies exaggeration of characteristic details: The caricature emphasized his large nose. parody achieves its humor through application of the style or technique of a well-known work or author to unaccustomed subjects: a parody of Hemingway. travesty takes a serious subject and uses a style or language that seems incongruous or absurd: a travesty of a senator making a speech.
burlesque- From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle."
See also related terms for trifle.
an exaggerated representation; grotesque parody or satire.See also: Representation
Past participle: burlesqued
A coarse form of dramatic parody that seeks to entertain through distortion or ridicule, for example in the comic treatment of serious and well-known works.
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|Noun||1.||burlesque - a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)|
show - a social event involving a public performance or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
|2.||burlesque - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way|
|Verb||1.||burlesque - make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"|
mock - imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"
travesty - make a travesty of
|Adj.||1.||burlesque - relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque theater"|
burlesque[bɜːrˈlɛsk] n (= performance, writing) → parodie f
(US Theat) → Varieté-; burlesque show → Varietévorstellung f