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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).]
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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]
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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]
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Italian comedy characterized by the use of improvisation and masks.
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|Noun||1.||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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