commedia dell'arte

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com·me·dia dell'ar·te

 (kə-mā′dē-ə dĕl-är′tē, -tĕ, -mĕd′ē-ə)
A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by improvisation from a standard plot outline and the use of stock characters, often in traditional masks and costumes.

[Italian : commedia, comedy + dell'arte, of the guild, professional (from arte, art, craft, guild).]

commedia dell'arte

(Italian kɔmˈmeːdia delˈlarte)
(Theatre) a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline
[Italian, literally: comedy of art]

com•me•dia dell'ar•te

(kəˈmeɪ di ə dɛlˈɑr ti, -ˈɑr teɪ)

Italian popular comedy of the 16th through 18th centuries, in which masked actors improvised from plot outlines based on stock characters.
[1875–80; < Italian: literally, comedy of art]

commedia dell'arte

Italian comedy characterized by the use of improvisation and masks.
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Noun1.commedia dell'arte - Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
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For me, one of the most memorable shore experiences was our visit to Il Dominio di Bagnoli, an ancient wine estate with splendid gardens, where life-sized statues of characters from Italy's Commedia del Arte peep out from an avenue of blossoming acacia trees.
We sampled its wines and then strolled around lovely gardens, where life-sized statues of characters from Italy's Commedia del Arte peeped out at us from an avenue of blossoming acacia trees.
"We were invited to take a typically English play as part of a package which brought The Juggler's Tale, a traditional Italian Commedia del Arte piece, to Liverpool in June, 2010," says Black Box artistic director Ian Moore.